23 October, 2020

Hu?

He has a 'keen intellect', is 'cautious but articulate' and has a terrific memory. But for all that, China's new chief remains an unknown quantity. More Coverage

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Hu?
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China's leaders are experts at pomp and ceremony, especially on formal occasions like the National Congress of the Communist Party. The atmosphere and pantomime of these carefully-orchestrated ceremonies are often more revealing than what the secretive Chinese leadership articulates through speeches. No wonder most observers felt China's new boss Hu Jintao's choice of a western-style business suit, rather than the traditional Chinese collar-less or Mao suit, highlighted more than anything the start of a new era of capitalist-communism or "socialist market economy". It was certainly meant to stress the new party leader's commitment to economic reform. "He has a keen intellect and surprised us all with his thorough understanding of international economics," says a senior European diplomat who met Hu at the time he visited Europe two years ago.

Little is known about the 59-year-old Hu even though he now holds the most powerful job in Chinese politics: general secretary of the Communist Party. Most people who have met him say he's a brilliant but impassive man who never...
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