Rara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 1823 posts, RR: 3 Reply 1, posted (6 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 641 times:
Let's hope he's a bit more inspired than Hu Jintao. Hu always struck me as a guy who's doing his job like carrying a raw egg on a spoon. His one and only goal was not to fuck it up. And he must so bloody glad now he's through the finish line. Xi makes a bit of a shrewd and witty impression on me, but we'll have to see.
Samson was a biblical tough guy, but his dad Samsonite was even more of a hard case.
qantas077 From China, joined Jan 2004, 5745 posts, RR: 49 Reply 2, posted (6 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 641 times:
Hu was being controlled by Jiang who still has wide influence within the party...China has to open up more because it simply cannot carry on down the path of blocking anything & everything. I was in Beijing a few days ago and had never seen anything like what I'd seen. I would estimate 20000 police were at Tiananmen in various guises, the internet was virtually shut down and Beijing had laws enacted just for the CPC.
but it was a very interesting time to be in town. Xi will be allowed to do what those pulling the strings allow him to do.
a true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes, while everyone else believes the smile on your face.
einsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 2043 posts, RR: 6 Reply 3, posted (6 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 641 times:
It might take a couple more decades before China really opens up and reforms. I expect Xi's years in power to be uneventful as Hu's years were, perhaps a couple of headwinds. But reform in the country is necessary if the country's prosperity is to endure for future generations.
"You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky."
He was governor of Henan in 1998 when tens of thousands of people contracted HIV from illegal blood-buying rings.
Li oversaw a campaign to squelch reporting about it, harass activists and isolate affected villages. When Beijing's stance changed, Li showed canny instincts by quickly channeling aid to victims and making shows of compassion.