President Xi Jinping’s actions and the clear concentration of power in himself reveal a return to the patriarchal mode of strongman politics that was characteristic of the Mao era. Illustration: Craig Stephens

Under Xi Jinping, a return in China to the dangers of an all-powerful leader

David Shambaugh says Xi has proven himself to be a visionary leader, but by systematically dismantling the institutions and rules set up by Deng Xiaoping to protect the country from the excesses of strongman rule, Xi is setting a dangerous precedent for the future

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President Xi Jinping’s actions and the clear concentration of power in himself reveal a return to the patriarchal mode of strongman politics that was characteristic of the Mao era. Illustration: Craig Stephens
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