Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College, London, and Associate Fellow on the Asia Pacific Programme at Chatham House, London. He previously worked at the British Foreign Office and at the University of Sydney. He has written 15 books on modern China, the latest being The World According to Xi, an up-to-date account of the man The Economist called `the most powerful individual in the world’.
President and leader of the Chinese Communist Party since 2012/3, Xi has overseen the emergence of China as one of the greatest forces in the contemporary world, but also one whose power and influence have created confusion and consternation regionally and across the world. Who is Xi, what does he represent, and what is he likely to do with the power he is believed to hold?