Key generals have attacked Xi Jinping for squandering China’s big chance. They say his tactics have ruined their chances of world domination.
One man. One party. One country of 1.4 billion people. Little wonder Chairman-for-life Xi Jinping is worried about maintaining absolute authority.
To do so, he’s painted a nationalistic picture of China’s future. It’s as good as – if not greater – than at any point in its 2000-year history.
Now, he has to deliver. That’s not proving so easy.
Floods. Insects. Famine. COVID-19. All are affecting food supplies and prices.
Xi quickly fell back on the tried-and-tested fallback position for most embattled authoritarian leaders: extol the nation’s greatness, its glorious history, its manifest destiny – and blame everybody else for its woes.