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Xi Jinping: A 21st-century Mao?

Xi Jinping is the most authoritarian Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. But in bolstering the power of the Communist party, is he putting China's future at risk?

By Willy Lam   June 2015

Chinese New Year decorations in Shandong Province show Mao Zedong (left) and Xi Jinping, February. © Reuters/Stringer

In April, the Chinese authorities imposed a seven-year jail sentence on a 71-year-old female journalist named Gao Yu. Gao, who suffers from serious heart problems, had been arrested a year earlier for reportedly passing a copy of “Document No 9”—which forbids members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and college professors from talking about “seven taboo…

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