What has President Xi Jinping done that has made him so liked and respected in China?
In 2013, he launched the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the most ambitious infrastructure project in human history. Today, over 149 countries have signed up — that’s more than 3/4 of the world’s nations! BRI is making many, many friends for China. The Chinese are brimming with pride.
He cleaned up corruption within the central government which was a sore point for the people.
In 2020, he finally eradicated extreme poverty (as defined by the UN) in China. This has been the goal of China for thousands of years and it was ultimately achieved under his watch.
In 2022, he successfully hosted the Winter Olympic Games. In addition to the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, the Chinese are brimming with pride.
In 2022, he launched China’s first supercarrier, the Type 003 named Fujian. China is the only other nation capable of building supercarriers. The Chinese are brimming with pride.
In 2022, he put China’s own international space station, the Tiangong, into space and he invited all nations to participate in China’s space station program, including the United States (recall that USA banned China from the ISS). What a class act! The Chinese are brimming with pride.
He protected the people from COVID-19 with a stunningly low 246,618 total infections and 5,226 total deaths at the time of writing (data from Worldometer). For comparison, USA had 97,026,001 total infections and 1,075,338 total deaths. Let’s remind everyone that China has 4X the population of USA.
He made China the biggest pollution fighter on the planet:
He avoided the US trap of getting sucked into a proxy war over Taiwan. (Putin got sucked into a proxy war over Ukraine.) Xi Jinping was simply too damn clever for the Americans.
All of the above make Xi one of the greatest Chinese leaders who ever lived.