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Bloomberg: Xi Climbs to Power Mixing Father’s Capitalism with Mao Communism

November 6, 2012

From Kevin Hamlin and Michael Forsythe with Bloomberg, “Xi Climbs to Power Mixing Father’s Capitalism with Mao Communism”:

Xi’s task is complicated by rivalry within the Communist Party between the factions of Hu Jintao and former president Jiang Zemin, who will continue to wield influence even after Xi takes office, said New York-based Gao Wenqian, author of “Zhou Enlai: The Last Perfect Revolutionary.”

“You have to compromise with every group,” Gao said. “Hu Jintao hasn’t been able to achieve anything over 10 years because above him he has a supervisor, who is Jiang Zemin. But Xi Jinping will have not one but two supervisors watching over him: Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao.” [...]

“There are two Xi Jinpings,” said Gao, now a senior policy adviser to Human Rights in China. “One of them is the son of Xi Zhongxun. The second Xi Jinping is a son of the party, the red empire. There will be conflicts between the two Xis.”

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