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Xi Jinping is the most powerful person in the world. But the real story of China's leader remains a mystery. The Economist's Sue-Lin Wong finds out how he rose to the top, and what it means for China—and the rest of the world—now that he has ripped up the rule book to stay in power, perhaps for the rest of his life.
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Xi Jinping is the most powerful person in the world. But the real story of China's leader remains a mystery. The Economist's Sue-Lin Wong finds out how he rose to the top, and what it means for China—and the rest of the world—now that he has ripped up the rule book to stay in power, perhaps for the rest of his life.
For more on China listen to The Economist’s new weekly podcast Drum Tower (here) and subscribe to The Economist with the best offer at economist.com/chinapod

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    Redder than red

    Redder than red

    Xi Jinping is born into the top rung of China's elite. But his family is torn apart while he is still a child. The Economist's Sue-Lin Wong finds out why Xi kept faith in the Communist revolution.
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    • 35 min
    Hide and bide

    Hide and bide

    As a modest provincial official in Fujian, Xi Jinping is outshone by his celebrity wife, while colleagues are caught up in a lurid corruption scandal. How does Xi survive? 
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    • 36 min
    Patriot number one

    Patriot number one

    A villager’s campaign against corruption highlights the Chinese Communist Party’s weakening grip. As Xi Jinping stands on the brink of power, the emergence of a flamboyant rival deepens the crisis.
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    • 32 min
    Man enough

    Man enough

    On taking power, Xi Jinping launches a ruthless series of purges and an unexpected ideological revival to cement his control—and mobilise the Chinese Communist Party behind him.
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    • 35 min
    He who must not be named

    He who must not be named

    A censor at a Chinese social media company can't take it anymore after Xi Jinping’s rule brings harsh new restrictions. The Chinese internet becomes an alternate reality.
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    • 37 min
    Seeds of a pomegranate

    Seeds of a pomegranate

    A Uyghur language teacher is accused of spying for the CIA. An NBA player discovers the cost of criticising China. And Xi Jinping’s obsession with control reaches new and brutal extremes.
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
614 Ratings

614 Ratings

Leea1776 ,

Wonderful primer on so many levels

This is a fantastic primer on China's history, understanding the relationship between the China Communist Party ("#CCP") and China's government (something people have a hard time grasping), and China's dictator, Xi.

China is and has been America's most significant geopolitical threat in the 21st Century, and the objectivity, professionalism, and quality of this podcast series are especially surprising, considering this is from a left-leaning legacy media outlet, but as Sue discusses in the podcast, this is no longer a partisan issue. I would argue this is due mainly to the last administration's leadership which confronted this issue head-on after decades of failed bi-partisan policies that saw #China steal anywhere between $225 and $600 billion of IP annually from America without any consequences.

As we continue to see an ongoing #genocide in China while corporate interests like the National Basketball Association (NBA) and The Walt Disney Company turn a blind eye, protests from its repressed people due to its zero #covid policy, and ongoing tensions in the #southchinasea, this series is more relevant and will only become more relevant every passing day.

The CCP and China's elite, including Chairman Xi's daughter, have been sending their next generation of leaders to America for decades to study and learn from us and sometimes, even infiltrate our system; it is about time Americans do the same and learn from our adversary.

I cannot applaud the Economist enough, and I will become a subscriber solely because of this amazing work.

EYHYs ,

Only one thing I can think of will improve the listening experience

As a Chinese myself, I enjoyed listening to this podcast a lot and had recommended to my friends too. Great job! If there is one thing i can think of will improve the listening experience is the pronounce of “Xi” is not correct, and the correct pronunciation doesn’t sounds like the word “sea”. Therefor I got confused a lot of times because it sounded like “she” sometimes so I lost track of who is the subject.

Actually the way how Alice Su (who did the interview with the host in the episode: “Bonus: behind the propaganda”) pronounced “Xi” is correct.

All in all I loved it, it’s very well done and insightful, looking forward for future season!

Rafaji2000 ,

Insightful information

I’m passionate about politics, and since lately it’s a little hard to start conversations about the changing world, I I have turned to podcasts. This is a tremendously well done podcast, from the field work to the sources and insights on what’s happening in this constantly changing world. :) I love it!!

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