The world’s most powerful man

Xi Jinping has more clout than Donald Trump. The world should be wary.

The Economist
Oct 17, 2017 · 5 min read
Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a signing ceremony with King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein of Jordan at the Great Hall of People on September 18, 2013 in Beijing, China — Feng Li — Pool/Getty Images

American presidents have a habit of describing their Chinese counterparts in terms of awe. A fawning Richard Nixon said to Mao Zedong that the chairman’s writings had “changed the world”. To Jimmy Carter, Deng Xiaoping was a string of flattering adjectives: “smart, tough, intelligent, frank…

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