Xi Jinping Is No Fun

China’s Xi Jinping revives self-criticism sessions: Rolex watches and pricey Moutai are out
Xi, taking a page from Chairman Mao, doesn't go for fancy dinners Photograph by Li Feng/Pool/Reuters

At the end of September, Chinese officials gathered in Shijiazhuang, in Hebei province, to discuss their shortcomings in Maoist-style self-criticism sessions. Under the watchful eye of President Xi Jinping, senior Communist Party members admitted to sins ranging from excessive ambition to detachment from the people.

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