A rare article in a party-run publication has voiced caution about the "mass line" campaign of President Xi Jinping, saying that the leader's latest initiative to strengthen ties with the people could not be a substitute for real democratic institutions and reform.
Xi Jinping was elected General Secretary of the Chinese Communisty Party and Chairman of the Central Military Commission at the 18th Party Congress in 2012, replacing Hu Jintao as the top leader of the Communist Party. Xi was elected President in March 2013. Born in 1953, Xi is the son of Xi Zhongxun, a veteran leader of the Party. He graduated from Tsinghua University in 1979 with a degree in engineering.