NYT: ‘Clean Up This Mess’: The Chinese thinkers behind Xi’s hard line
Wed August, 2020, Age: 4 years
As China turns to an increasingly authoritarian path, a new generation of political thinkers — many educated in the West — are beginning to guide its oppressive policies. Such theorists, often referred to as “statists”, portray themselves as “fortifying China for an era of deepening ideological rivalry.
“They describe the United States as a dangerous, overreaching shambles, even more so in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. They oppose constitutional fetters on Communist Party control, arguing that Western-inspired ideas of the rule of law are a dangerous mirage that could hobble the party.
They argue that China must reclaim its status as a world power, even as a new kind of benign empire displacing the United States. They extol Mr. Xi as a historic leader, guiding China through a momentous transformation.”