Televised confessions, human rights activists on clampdown, critics of the Communist Party going missing in Hong Kong and abroad. What does it all say about this regime, and what, if anything, does it say about Xi Jinping, China’s President and General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party? Mr. Xi has been called the most powerful Chinese ruler since Mao Zedong. Affectionately called “Xi Dada”, he is admired for advancing the “Chinese Dream” – a vision of a stronger nation. He has wielded his power to crack down on corruption, while also targeting human rights defenders and reining in dissent. Yet world leaders rarely seems to raise the issue of human rights, and welcome the Chinese leader and the world’s second largest economy with open arms. 

On this month’s ‘On China’, CNN’s Kristie Lu Stout explores the growing power of China’s paramount leader with Wang Feng, Editor-in-Chief of Financial Times Chinese; Mike Chinoy, Senior Fellow at University of Southern California US-China Institute; and Willy Lam, Adjunct Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

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Airtimes: Hong Kong, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore and Taipei
Saturday February 27 at 1100 and 1330 HKT
Sunday February 28 at 0030 HKT
Saturday March 19 at 1000 HKT

Photo attached: Left to right Kristie Lu Stout, Willy Lam, Mike Chinoy and Wang Feng

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