Taking Xi Seriously, but Not Literally

A large video screen showing Chinese President Xi Jinping speaking during an event to commemorate the centennial of China’s Communist Party at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, July 1, 2021 (AP photo by Andy Wong).
A large video screen showing Chinese President Xi Jinping speaking during an event to commemorate the centennial of China’s Communist Party at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, July 1, 2021 (AP photo by Andy Wong).
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Editor’s Note: This is the web version of our subscriber-only weekly newsletter, China Note, which includes a look at the week’s top stories and best reads from and about China. Subscribe to receive it by email every Wednesday. If you’re already a subscriber, adjust your newsletter settings to receive it directly to your email inbox. Addressing a 70,000-strong crowd gathered at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to mark the centennial of the Chinese Communist Party on Thursday, Chinese leader Xi Jinping delivered a defiant speech that seemed aimed as much toward Washington as toward the millions of Chinese households watching on television. “We have never bullied, oppressed, or […]

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