Interview with Roderick MacFarquhar

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Xi Jinping has centralized power in China to unprecedented levels: he has sidelined the prime minister and the state council and tries to control everything himself, says Harvard historian Roderick MacFarquhar in the new MERICS Podcast. Xi  might have a vision for China – like Mao Zedong long before him - but he lacks the authority and historic legitimacy to implement his ideas. Even worse: his leadership style weakens the entire system.

Questions: Ruth Kirchner

"Could it be that Xi Jinping doesn’t trust anybody other than himself to carry out his policies?" Harvard historian Roderick MacFarquhar