China Has Brought Forth a Xi Dada
How China is making and breaking the personality cult of Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping is eroding norms of political leadership in China and dramatically consolidating power through the construction of a cult of personality centred on himself. Using mainstream media, apps, and propaganda songs, the CCP has constructed a vast apparatus for inculcating Xi-loyalty into the people of China. This article explores the motivations behind Xi’s cult of personality, and the backlash Xi’s consolidation of power faces from senior members of the CCP and grassroots activists alike.