Sat, Oct 27, 2012 - Page 9 News List

A harsh early life forged the persona of China’s next leader

Ordinary Chinese can connect with a leader who, through his own suffering, has cultivated a ‘common-man mystique’

By Christopher Bodeen  /  AP, LIANGJIAHE, China

Former US ambassador to Beijing Jon Huntsman said Xi is a man “who is quite different from Hu Jintao” in that Xi appears at ease.

“He’s someone who you can connect with,” Huntsman said.

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