China, a huge story in 2021, with the Olympics to come
China has been one of the biggest stories of 2021 – from its plans to host the 2022 Winter Olympics to criticism over its human rights record in Tibet’s Xinjiang region and Hong Kong to questions about how it would exercise its economic power in a delicately balanced world. Not to mention the still-alive question of how he deals with the United States – this year under a new president, Joe Biden.
In 2021, the ruling Communist Party in the country officially revised history for the third time in its existence, raising leader Xi Jinping to the same level as Mao Zedong, the founder of the People’s Republic, and the architect of the “Reform and opening up” Deng Xiaoping. This could allow him to stay in power even longer – does it revere him as politically flawless?