Veteran Sinologist Willy Lam, who had just published Chinese Politics in the Era of Xi Jinping, spoke about the career, ideology and statecraft of the fifth-generation leader Xi at an FCC lunch on May 15.
Lam looked at Xis bold strategy to perpetuate the Chinese Communist Partys perennial ruling party status and how the 61-year-old princeling could emerge as the Mao Zedong of the 21st Century. He also talked about the Xi administrations game plan for displacing the USt as the ultimate arbiter of the Asia-Pacific region in the coming decade or two; the charismatic strongmans anti-corruption campaign; his efforts to erect a personality cult around himself; and the Xi teams ambitious global power-projection policies such as the One Belt, One Road gambit.
Dr Willy Lam, senior fellow at the Jamestown Foundation, a foreign-policy think tank in Washington, taught Chinese politics and foreign policy at the Center for China Studies and the masters programme on Global Political Economy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is former China writer and editor at the South China Morning Post and CNN. Lam has published seven books including Chinese Politics in the Hu Jintao Era.