China’s leader shows his stripes

 40711155 Hu Afp203 From BBC NEWS: “When became head of China’s ruling Communist Party in late 2002, the question on everyone’s lips was ‘Who is Hu?’

The answer was that no one knew. Even seasoned observers could barely distinguish him from the other leaders who lined up in business suits beside him as the new Standing Committee of the Politburo.

Some believed Mr Hu’s lack of experience, charisma and factional support meant he would remain firmly under the thumb of the man he was replacing, Jiang Zemin.”

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