China’s latest political reforms are more about consolidating Xi Jinping’s power than liberalisation

Last Thursday was a quiet day in the pages of the People’s Daily. So quiet, in fact, that the space to the right of the masthead — generally reserved for the Chinese Communist Party’s most stolid commentaries and policy announcements — featured a piece of relative trivia: the release in Brazil of the Portuguese edition of Xi Jinping’s Governance of China. […]