Xi's Policies: Squeezing Out Business

By William Heidlage

William Heidlage is a Research Director at BowerGroupAsia, where he analyzes the impact of politics in Northeast Asia on the commercial environment.

As 2016 draws to a close, The Cipher Brief revisits its feature on the architect of China’s most recent and expansive policies, Xi Jinping.

One of the few remaining legacies of Hua Guofeng, the Chinese leader who briefly held power following the death of Mao Zedong and the demise of the Gang of Four, are his titles. Hua was simultaneously the head of the State, head of the Party, and head of the military—and he was the first Chinese communist leader to ever hold all three simultaneously.

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