How Xi Jinping, an unremarkable provincial administrator, became China’s most authoritarian leader since Mao.
|File photo taken in 1988 shows Xi Jinping (front), then secretary of the Ningde Prefecture Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), participates in farm work during his investigation in the countryside. (Xinhua)|
|File photo shows Xi Jinping (R, rear) with his father Xi Zhongxun (R, front), his wife (L, front) and his daughter (C, front). (Xinhua)|
|File photo shows Xi Jinping carries his daughter with a bicycle in Fuzhou, capital of southeast China's Fujian Province. (Xinhua)|
I was only fourteen. The Red Guards asked, “How serious do you yourself think your crimes are?”
“You can estimate it yourselves. Is it enough to execute me?”
“We can execute you a hundred times.”
To my mind there was no difference between being executed a hundred times or once, so why be afraid of a hundred times? The Red Guards wanted to scare me, saying that now I was to feel the democratic dictatorship of the people, and that I only had five minutes left. But in the end, they told me, instead, to read quotations from Chairman Mao every day until late at night.
|1985: Xi Jinping, then Party chief of Zhengding County, Hebei Province, visits San Francisco in the United States. Xinhua|
|1983: Xi Jinping works in Zhengding County, Hebei Province. Xinhua|
|Xi Jinping is married to Peng Liyuan, the syrup-voiced megastar/ |