Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting of the 12th National People's Congress. The new Communist Party leadership is facing intractable problems including endemic corruption. Photo: AFP Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting of the 12th National People's Congress. The new Communist Party leadership is facing intractable problems including endemic corruption. Photo: AFP
Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting of the 12th National People's Congress. The new Communist Party leadership is facing intractable problems including endemic corruption. Photo: AFP
Jake Van Der Kamp
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Xi Jinping may be in over his head with anti-corruption crusade

President's bid to root out graft threatens the system's foundation, and could destroy him

Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting of the 12th National People's Congress. The new Communist Party leadership is facing intractable problems including endemic corruption. Photo: AFP Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting of the 12th National People's Congress. The new Communist Party leadership is facing intractable problems including endemic corruption. Photo: AFP
Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting of the 12th National People's Congress. The new Communist Party leadership is facing intractable problems including endemic corruption. Photo: AFP
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Jake Van Der Kamp

Jake Van Der Kamp

Jake van der Kamp is a native of the Netherlands, a Canadian citizen, and a longtime Hong Kong resident. He started as a South China Morning Post business reporter in 1978, soon made a career change to investment analyst and returned to the newspaper in 1998 as a financial columnist.