As the months have progressed since Xi Jinping became General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, there has been intense public scrutiny into his current and potential actions. One day you can read an article saying he is not a reformer and all hope is lost, the next an article saying he will finally be the one to clean up China (even though these are rare). In fact, you can read an article expressing every imaginable opinion within this spectrum. As we enter these final weeks until the National People’s Congress the prognosticating will escalate to new heights.
The reality is that we do not know enough about Xi, or any Chinese leader, to make accurate predictions. What we do know makes the picture more opaque and confusing:
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