China’s New Emperor

In another country, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s concentration of power might trigger accusations of latter-day totalitarianism.

Project Syndicate
Oct 26, 2017 · 5 min read
Chinese President Xi Jinping await delegates to the G20 Summit at the Hangzhou International Expo Center on September 4, 2016 in Hangzhou, China — Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

By Chris Patten

An anecdote about US President Richard Nixon’s visit to China in 1972 has long been regarded as confirmation of the long view of history taken by Chinese leaders. Zhou…