To the Western observer, Chinese politics often appears inscrutable. Indeed, Chinese president Xi Jinping has not made it easier for Westerners to “read” Chinese intentions and predict future moves. Yet as Richard McGregor argues in Foreign Affairs, Xi’s bold anti-corruption campaign and his aggressive power consolidation has caught even those Chinese officials who elected him by surprise. McGregor’s essay provides important background on the ascent and political convictions of China’s powerful leader.
About the Author
Richard McGregor is a Senior Fellow at the Lowy Institute and the author of Xi Jinping: The Backlash.