A family man, an excellent cook, the ideal husband – these are just a few of the ways China’s current leader Xi Jinping has been described. He is referred to affectionately as Xi Dada, Big Daddy Xi, and even has toys made in his image, as well as songs and videos. Under his leadership, he has made it a mission to root out corruption within the party and to ensure stability presides over China, both economically and socially. At the same time, Xi has presided over a crackdown on free speech, his time in power seeing an increase in online censorship and the imprisonment of artists, feminists and rights activists alike. So who is Xi Jinping?
In Kerry Brown’s latest book CEO, China: The Rise of Xi Jinping (2016), Brown reveals the hidden story of Xi. He investigates Xi’s relationship with his revolutionary father, who was expelled by Mao during the Cultural Revolution. He looks at Xi’s business dealings and his political allegiances and in so doing brings you closer to the man who presides over the powerhouse that is modern China.
Brown will discuss these key findings in this talk at Asia House. There will be time to ask questions and an opportunity to buy the book.
Kerry Brown is the Director of the Lau China Institute, Kings College London, and former head of the Asia Programme at Chatham House. With 20 years experience of life in China, he has worked in education, business and government, including a term as First Secretary at the British Embassy in Beijing. He writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and The Observer amongst others, and is author of The New Emperors (I.B.Tauris, 2014), Contemporary China (2012), Friends and Enemies: The Past, Present and Future of the Communist Party of China (with Will Hutton, 2009) and Struggling Giant: China in the 21st Century (with Jonathan Fenby, 2007).