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China’s Leader Attacks His Greatest Threat

China’s Leader Attacks His Greatest Threat

On March 11, 2007, Xi Jinping, then the top Communist Party official in Zhejiang province, near Shanghai, had dinner with the U.S. ambassador to China. The meal was part of the embassy’s outreach to up-and-coming Chinese officials. Xi, 53, was reputed to be among three officials in the running to replace Hu Jintao, China’s dour-faced leader.Ambassador Clark T. “Sandy” Randt, a classmate of President George W. Bush, was impressed with Xi. , Randt described the discussion as “frank and friendly.” Xi, as he always did with Americans, had lauded Hollywood movies and, fittingly for the party...

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