Any hope that Xi Jinping would prove himself a reformer has been dashed by a leaked internal speech from December in which he asserts the Soviet Union fell because none among its leadership “was man enough to stand up and resist” the uprisings of the late 1980s. In her analysis for Deutsche Welle Chinese, translated by Yaxue Cao, Gao Yu connects Xi’s criticism of Gorbachev and Hu Jintao’s 2004 denunciation of the Soviet Union’s last leader as “the chief culprit of Eastern Europe’s transformation and a traitor of socialism.” Xi insists that the regime “stand firm on the Party’s leadership over the military” lest it succumb to the fate of the old Eastern Bloc. Xi’s remarks recall the cold calculation China’s leadership made made during the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989.
Netizens react on Weibo:
@MrSodapop: Brother Tao‘s enhanced version.
@majinwei: He’s hinting that he’s the “man enough” one.
@wuyuerugou: Fine then, he’s hopeless.
@dustinthewind: This proves the Russians are rational enough to distinguish love of country from love of party.
@mylifeperfect: Xi is using his fight against corruption to win us over and pave the way for his authoritarian regime. If you’re dreaming that he’ll implement constitutional government, dream on.
@SunShudong: Don’t forget the words of our nation’s founder: “In the mighty tide of global change, those who swim with the current prosper; those who fight it perish.”
Via CDT Chinese.
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