On this year’s edition of the prestigious Forbes World’s Most Powerful Peoplelist, China’s beloved party leader has ranked 3rd, up from 9th on last year’s list. Not bad for a guy who presides over almost 20% of the world’s population. He closely follows Barack Obama, down one spot from last year, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who beat out Obama for the number one spot on the list.
Xi Jinping has been quite busy this year; when he’s not cracking down on corruption, or taking cracks atNew Zealand’s food safety, he’s releasing a collection of postage stamps of his late father, revolutionary leader Xi Zhongxun.
The stamps were released to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his father’s birth, in a ceremony at the Great Hall of People in Beijing earlier this month.
The stamps, while very flattering to Xi Jinping’s dad, have been denounced as an attempt by Xi to remind people of his family’s tight-knit history with the communist party.
“The commemorative activities have gone beyond what someone of his rank would deserve – after all, his highest rank was vice premier. That shows the urgent need for junior Xi to consolidate power by playing the card of his father.”
No good deed goes uncriticized…
By Lauren Holdcroft