Back to the future

Back to the future Cartoon by Rebel Pepper
Photo: RFA

Communist Party General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping heads into the 20th National Congress of the CCP as the most powerful leader of China since Mao Zedong. Xi came to power 10 years ago touting his vision for the "Great Rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation" and the decade saw China's military power and global economic clout multiply. But Xi also changed CCP rules to allow himself an unprecedented third term—effectively ruling for life—and China's reversion to strongman rule has brought back repression at home and hostile relations abroad that hark back to an earlier era.

Editor's Note: This cartoon was updated Oct. 14, 2022.


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