Hu Jintao, we hardly knew ye. Can we ever divine what truly lay behind the stoic facade?
As China’s paramount leader holding down the holy trinity of titles — President of the People’s Republic of China, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission — Hu prepares to start handing his power over to Xi Jinping come this fall. Perhaps it is time to reflect on a leader that was something of an enigma when he ascended to power, and remains so ten years later.
If nothing else, Hu presented a consistent outward image, even when there was tremendous intrigue behind the scenes. In honor of Hu’s unsurpassed self-control, Tea Leaf Nation presents this parting gift: The Many Faces of Hu Jintao.