No one should have been that shocked by Xi Jinping’s rise
Those who got Xi Jinping spectacularly wrong can at least claim that not much was known about him before he became China's leader
In a season of political shocks, President Xi Jinping’s assumption of supreme power has still managed to startle many longstanding observers of China. The Economist magazine dramatically declared, “The West’s 25-year bet on China has failed." Instead of moving towards democracy, these voices suggest, China is sliding further into authoritarianism.