From Mao to now: David Shambaugh compares and contrasts China’s leaders

China has had five leaders since the founding of the People’s Republic, each of them distinctive and each with their own path to power.In his new book China’s Leaders: From Mao to Now, American political science professor and leading China scholar David Shambaugh not only charts the rise of each man but does it in a way that is accessible to the general reader.Here, Shambaugh talks about how he sees Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping – from their differences to…


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