Is China’s political environment loosening up, or is the government cracking down? It’s hard to tell. Chinese President and Communist Party General Secretary Hu Jintao (ËÉ°Èå¶Êø§) sometimes seems to be going both ways simultaneously.
For example, Hu has decided to honor the memory of his mentor, former general secretary Hu Yaobang (ËÉ°ËÄÄÈÇ¶), in order to burnish his aura as a reformist. But, in many ways, Hu Jintao’s tenure as the head of the fourth generation of Communist leaders, which began when he became party secretary in 2002, differs sharply from that of his mentor.