Why China’s Xi is not ‘Putin-plus’


Xi Jinping is not following in Vladimir Putin’s footsteps.

He’s carving his own path.

  • Maria Repnikova
  • Al Jazeera

The recently announced constitutional amendments in China, ending term limits and paving the way for Chinese leader Xi Jinping‘s indefinite rule, have sparked quite a lot of debate and speculations in Western media.

Axe 2bSome commentators went as far as comparing Xi to Russian President Vladimir Putin, claiming that China is now turning into a Russia-style autocracy.

While the phrase Putin-plus sounds catchy, the comparison does not reflect the facts on the…

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