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China’s Xi Urges Communist Party ‘Mr. Nice Guys’ to Take Action

A public screen in Beijing shows a news program featuring Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sept. 10.
A public screen in Beijing shows a news program featuring Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sept. 10.Photographer: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged members of the ruling Communist Party to act more boldly when necessary, in a sign of frustration over the performance of lower-level officials in the country’s top-down political system. 

“For Communists, Mr. Nice Guy is not a really good person,” Xi was quoted in a commentary on Monday in the People’s Daily, the party’s official mouthpiece.