“This is the first book I’ve read on Xi,” admits software engineer Wu Huifeng as he leafs through one of the latest tomes of China’s prolific president. It need not be his last. A Communist party publishing blitz ahead of next week’s political summit means the shelves of Chinese bookshops are now packed with Xi Jinping-themed works designed to strengthen both his reputation and his rule. Immediately inside the entrance to the state-run Beijing Book Building, one of the capital’s largest stores, a recently inaugurated display features at least 50 works by or about China’s scribbler-in-chief. “The language is simple and sincere – quite down-to-earth, I think,” said Wu, 43, who was perusing one of the latest publications, a 452-page paperback about Xi’s seven years of rural exile during the Cultural Revolution that sells for 76 yuan (£8.75). Nearby, Fan Yubiao, a 22-year-old salesman, was examining another recent volume, Xi Jinping’s Discourse on Youth and the Work of the Chinese Communist Youth League. “Xi’s quite a good person. He’s strict,” Fan said, praising his leader’s populist anti-corruption campaign which has toppled some of China’s most powerful politicians since he took power in 2012. The works of Xi – who some… Read full this story
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