Xi Jinping is the most powerful person in the world. But the real story of China’s leader remains a mystery. The Economist’s Sue-Lin Wong finds out how he rose to the top, and what it means for China—and the rest of the world—now that he has ripped up the rule book to stay in power, perhaps for the rest of his life.

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Introducing Drum Tower

Two of The Economist‘s China correspondents, Alice Su and David Rennie, analyse the stories at the heart of this vast…

Two of The Economist‘s China correspondents, Alice Su and David Rennie, analyse the stories at the heart of this vast…

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Bonus: The 20th party congress

Host Sue-Lin Wong dissects the unexpected and the foreseen from the Chinese Communist Party’s five-yearly meeting, with The Economist’s Beijing…

Host Sue-Lin Wong dissects the unexpected and the foreseen from the Chinese Communist Party’s five-yearly meeting, with The Economist’s Beijing…

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Bonus: Behind the propaganda

Host Sue-Lin Wong talks to The Economist’s China correspondent Alice Su about the challenges of making The Prince and answers…

Host Sue-Lin Wong talks to The Economist’s China correspondent Alice Su about the challenges of making The Prince and answers…

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The great helmsman

Ten years on, Xi’s tight grip on power risks another crisis—this one of his own making. Subscribe to The Economist…

Ten years on, Xi’s tight grip on power risks another crisis—this one of his own making. Subscribe to The Economist…

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Wolf warriors

A young Xi Jinping visits Iowa and tries popcorn for the first time. But reconnecting with „old friends“ in the…

A young Xi Jinping visits Iowa and tries popcorn for the first time. But reconnecting with „old friends“ in the…

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Seeds of a pomegranate

A Uyghur language teacher is accused of spying for the CIA. An NBA player discovers the cost of criticising China….

A Uyghur language teacher is accused of spying for the CIA. An NBA player discovers the cost of criticising China….

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He who must not be named

A censor at a Chinese social media company can’t take it anymore after Xi Jinping’s rule brings harsh new restrictions….

A censor at a Chinese social media company can’t take it anymore after Xi Jinping’s rule brings harsh new restrictions….

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Man enough

On taking power, Xi Jinping launches a ruthless series of purges and an unexpected ideological revival to cement his control—and…

On taking power, Xi Jinping launches a ruthless series of purges and an unexpected ideological revival to cement his control—and…

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Patriot number one

A villager’s campaign against corruption highlights the Chinese Communist Party’s weakening grip. As Xi Jinping stands on the brink of…

A villager’s campaign against corruption highlights the Chinese Communist Party’s weakening grip. As Xi Jinping stands on the brink of…

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Hide and bide

As a modest provincial official in Fujian, Xi Jinping is outshone by his celebrity wife, while colleagues are caught up…

As a modest provincial official in Fujian, Xi Jinping is outshone by his celebrity wife, while colleagues are caught up…

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Redder than red

Xi Jinping is born into the top rung of China’s elite. But his family is torn apart while he is…

Xi Jinping is born into the top rung of China’s elite. But his family is torn apart while he is…