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China: Presidential image

Richard at The Peking Duck contrasts Chinese president Hu Jintao's diplomatic savvy outside the country with his track record back home in Two Chinas:

“Should we admire Hu Jintao as the Bismarck or Metternich of his time, using political skill to achieve enviable results? Or should we laugh at him for being utterly impotent to effect any meaningful change in the country over which he allegedly rules? If he is so utterly incapable of halting corruption, of freeing the innocent, of enforcing the law, of imprisoning unabashed scoundrel and murderers, why does he even live in China?”

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