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People’s Daily ♥︎ Xi Jinping

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The People’s Daily website’s top story today (in Chinese) is titled “Xi Jinping and the People’s Daily — the deep passion of the last half century.”

  • The article recounts Xi’s long relationship with the Party’s house newspaper, starting from him listening to a teacher read a People’s Daily article about Jiao Yulu 焦裕禄, the absurdly loyal cadre who is said to have devoted himself tirelessly to the Communist Party.
  • Xi’s first article in the People’s Daily was — perhaps appropriately — published in 1984, when he was the Party secretary of Zhengding County in Hebei.  
  • The article fondly recalls Xi’s 2016 visit to the People’s Daily and other central state media organizations that led to the formulation “the media must be surnamed Party.” 
Jeremy Goldkorn

Jeremy Goldkorn is co-founder of the Sinica Podcast and currently edits SupChina and its daily newsletter.

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