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Minxin Pei
Opinion

Opinion

Minxin Pei

Xi Jinping’s intolerance of dissent within government heightens the risk of Chinese policy mistakes

  • The dismissal of an outspoken reformist official reflects a profound change, under Xi, in the way Chinese leaders govern: from a collective decision-making process in which disagreements and debate were allowed, to a centralised leadership style in which loyalty and conformity are prized

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Cary Huang
Cary Huang
Opinion

SCMP Columnist

Sino File by Cary Huang

From Mao to Tiananmen, Hu Yaobang is an icon of China’s reform – and a reminder of how little has changed

  • A passionate liberaliser in the 1980s, Hu relentlessly sought to overturn the remnants of the Maoist era.
  • His death in 1989 triggered widespread public mourning, which snowballed into weeks of student-led pro-democracy protests

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