Ronnie C. Chan
Chairman, Hang Lung Group Limited

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President of China - In Control or Controlled?
Ronnie Chan compares the political leadership in US & China, and challenges the common perception of Xi Jinping.
Ronnie C. Chan
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Ronnie Chan claimed that Deng had "no title", which is patently untrue: Deng held the most important position of Commander-in-chief of the Chinese Armed Forces; and he was also Chairman of the Central Advisory Commission, which made all the important decisions of the time; that Deng did not have any of the other titles that others have had as State leaders at different times did *not* matter because NO ONE ELSE held those titles during that time; he held the only titles that were going, as it were... Ronnie also claimed that HU Jin tao had all the titles but had no power (not true at the time HU held those titles) He also claimed that, in Chinese culture, "what is important is not your title ... title can mean something or it can mean nothing"; well, that is true also in other cultures - there is no cotermination between title and power - there is formal power vs personal power etc as we know from the analyses of power by scholars over the last several decades He also claimed that Xi is an unenviable and unsafe position because he's launched a crusade against corruption "that's why he needs to grab all the positions otherwise his life is on the line" - in other words, Ronnie acknowledges that "all the positions" do mean something, otherwise they would not endow the power for self-protection to Xi Further, it would have been interesting to probe Ronnie Chan's understanding of the meaning of corruption in China if "39 million out of the 40 million active Party members are corrupt"

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