Because We All Need More Pictures Of Xi Jinping, Here He Is Looking Spiffy In Color And Black And White

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People’s Daily has just published 23 photos of China’s Party Secretary, Xi Jinping (via Xinhua), from various stages of his life. In most of them — keeping with a theme — he looks ordinary. We’re sampling eight more after this top one — eight is auspicious, after all — but you should also check out... Read more »

Introducing: Xi Jinping Looking At Things

Xi Jinping looking at things
Just yesterday, Michele Travierso tweeted, "I sense a Tumblr in the making" in response to pictures of Xi Jinping doing ordinary things on his Southern Tour. The Internet works fast. Presenting: Xi Jinping looking at things.

China’s Learning Populist Politics: Pictures Of Powerful Men Being Ordinary

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Look who’s making friends from both sides of the aisle. Explains Tea Leaf Nation’s David Weritime in the Atlantic: Xi Jinping, China’s new leader, has recently embarked on a low-key barnstorming of China’s entrepreneurial south. The mere fact of Xi’s visit is exciting to Chinese liberals, echoing as it does the “Southern Tour” of reformist... Read more »

Xi Jinping Gets Serious With His High-Ranking Comrades

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CPC top dog Xi Jinping wants to lead by example. “The style of officials, particularly top officials, has an important impact upon the style of the Party and the style of the government and even on the whole of society,” according to a recently released statement. “Such a way of doing things must first start with the Standing Committee.”... Read more »

Vintage Footage Of A Smiley Hu Jintao In 1984 Provides A Rare Glimpse Of Him As A Young Charmer

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We — you, me, the world — might see outgoing president Hu Jintao as a wan robot less charismatic than a cardboard box, but there was a time during this man’s life when he was sprightly, good-humored, and jovial. Let this video — of a speech he gave in 1984, in front of colorful balloons —... Read more »

Unleash Peng Liyuan! Why China’s First Lady Needs To Take Center Stage

Cher vs. Peng Liyuan
By Allie Jaynes As many people have already discussed, Xi Jinping’s famous hot wife is presenting some issues for the PR folks at the CPC. You’d think having a singer babe on your team who devotes her spare time to anti-smoking campaigns and helping earthquake victims would be a windfall for the party’s propagandists. Apparently... Read more »

Here They Are: China’s Magnificent Seven For The Next 10 Years

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Xinhua via People’s Daily (h/t Alex Wang) We’ve been waiting for this. Caption: “Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan, Zhang Gaoli, who have been elected members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), arrive to meet... Read more »