Souvenir cups with images of Chairman Mao Zedong and Chinese President Xi Jinping on sale during the Communist Party’s 19th National Congress. Photo: Reuters
Rana Mitter
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On Reflection by Rana Mitter

Opinion: Forget Mao Zedong, Xi Jinping is more Charles de Gaulle

Like the former French president, Xi has a ‘certain idea’ for his country and conflates domestic politics with his own thinking. Can he also reverse positions, like de Gaulle, and face down his own nationalists?

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Souvenir cups with images of Chairman Mao Zedong and Chinese President Xi Jinping on sale during the Communist Party’s 19th National Congress. Photo: Reuters
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