In the shadow of Deng, Xi’s southern tour a big letdown

Blame it on Deng Xiaoping, China’s paramount leader from the late 1970s until 1997. China watchers have high expectations of southern tours. It is difficult to imagine what he might have done to win their applause, but President Xi Jinping’s 2018 southern tour coinciding with the 40th anniversary of China’s “reform and opening up,” which was initiated by Deng, […]