US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese leader Xi Jinping meet in Beijing in June 2018. Photo: Twitter

US officials now call Xi Jinping ‘general secretary’ instead of China’s ‘president’ – but why?

  • The deliberate change could be an effort to delegitimise Xi’s rule, drive a wedge between party and populace and evoke a Cold War-era feel
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo takes the lead in adopting the new description, and FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General William Barr follow suit
Topic |   US-China relations
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese leader Xi Jinping meet in Beijing in June 2018. Photo: Twitter
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