China

China's New Leaders Present Opposite of Democracy

Just look at that picture

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In this picture, the new rulers of China tell the world they really don't care what it thinks of them. Flaunting a corporate and totalitarian style, they stand before an ugly pseudo-classical painting of a mountain range straddled by the Great Wall, forming their own human wall of dark-suited conformity.

The newly chosen leader Xi Jinping, in the centre of the row of sombre men, is introducing his government team in a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. As well as identical suits, they all wear red tiesexcept Wang Qishan, at the far right, who sports an individualistically blue tie. I'm worried about him. But as he is taking on the job of "discipline", he will probably be all right.