How Do You Micromanage a Nation of 1.4 Billion? Ask Xi Jinping

  • Xi tries to maintain hands-on style while leading 1.4 billion
  • Even trusted deputies must run decisions by powerful president

President Xi Jinping inspects troops during a World War II anniversary parade, in Beijing, on Sept. 3, 2015. Photographer: Liu Chan/(Xinhua via Getty Images

Earlier this year, China’s security agencies gave their daily briefings to President Xi Jinping a multimedia makeover. Paper documents were out. PowerPoints and videos were in. The presentations now run about 10 minutes, a big time-saver for China’s hands-on leader.

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