China After Deng

The last "paramount leader" is gone. Will stability reign?

He was the bland one, the quiet apparatchik, the one who was never supposed to last at the top. But for eight momentous years, Jiang Zemin has survived as China's President, patiently preparing for the moment when his patron passed on. Now, Deng Xiaoping is dead, and the world is wondering: Can the disciple assume the master's mantle?

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