However, while the economic reforms pay heed to Deng, Xi’s stamping of his name on the reform document suggests he is seeking to accumulate power, contrary to Deng’s own admonitions, said Willy Lam (林和立), a Chinese politics specialist at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
“Right now, it seems Xi Jinping has gathered more power in his hand than [former Chinese president] Jiang Zemin (江澤民), even at the height of his power in his last five years,” Lam said. “It’s very unusual, and I think, presently speaking, it’s of course unhealthy for one individual to have amassed so much power. It goes against one of the major reforms of Deng Xiaoping, and that is to promote a collective leadership. That was the lesson that everybody learned from the Cultural Revolution.”