lørdag 29. juni 2019

Xi is not the boss in US-China struggle. Neither’s Trump. Here’s who is

Who are the people in charge of the new China which is flexing its muscles almost daily across the rest of the world? Who has most power in this story of China’s renaissance, as it becomes so important even the mighty US now has to pick fights with it in order to restrain it?

A simple answer would be the leadership of the Communist Party, and in particular the all-dominating figure of China’s president, Xi Jinping. Xi stands front, centre and back in the politics of the country, reducing by a magic sleight of hand a story of immense complexity to one that can be summed up in a few words: centralisation of power, autocracy, and authoritarianism.