Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 25. Photo: Reuters
Minxin Pei
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Minxin Pei

Xi Jinping can blame his centralisation of power for a rotten 2019 – and maybe an even worse 2020

  • The trade war took a toll on the Chinese economy, Hong Kong revolted and the world stepped up scrutiny of Xinjiang. One-man rule and fear of Xi aggravated each of these situations, and may set China up for worse in the year to come

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Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 25. Photo: Reuters
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Minxin Pei

Minxin Pei

Minxin Pei is professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and a non-resident senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is the author of China's Crony Capitalism.