China’s Hu Jintao: Cautious, Efficient, And Still A Mystery – Peter Harmsen

From AFP, via The China Post:

Cautious and efficient are words often used to describe Hu Jintao, the 64-year-old leader of China’s Communist Party, but beyond generic adjectives like these, surprisingly little is known about him.

As the October 15 start of the 17th Party Congress approaches, observers wonder what makes one of the world’s most powerful men get up in the morning.

Five years into what is almost certain to be a 10 year reign, Hu still has not shown if he is a reformer, but he has made clear that he is an adroit politician, according to Joseph Fewsmith, a China scholar at Boston University. [Full Text]

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