What Do Chinese People Think of Xi Jinping? It’s Very Hard to Tell

Anyone wondering what Chinese people think about Xi Jinping as he is about to ascend to a precedent-breaking third term in power will have a hard time finding clues.

In China, where independent opinion polls are virtually nonexistent, social media has been a way to gauge people’s opinions, even under censorship. But in the lead-up to a Communist Party congress starting Sunday, it is essentially impossible to search for viewpoints about Mr. Xi or other senior politicians that don’t offer unstinting praise.

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