Rising Leader Xi Jinping’s Family Suffered in Chinese Power Struggles

The Washington Post reports on how the family background of ’s presumed next president Xi Jinping may affect his governing style:

What is known about Xi’s background suggests that he is unlikely to be a bold or commanding leader in the mold of Mao, Deng or even the gregarious , who used to surprise his Western hosts by singing popular show tunes.

Rather, for reasons rooted in biography as well as , Xi is more likely to prove cautious and bureaucratic, presiding over a collective leadership with a style more like that of the current president, Hu Jintao, according to , party and others who study the party’s inner works.

“I think he has learned how to survive,” said Zhang Lifan, a historian who has studied the and whose father was a friend and ally of Xi’s father. “In his childhood, Xi Jinping suffered a lot. All of this experience greatly affected him.”

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