Xi has revised that approach, and his government, using old and new tools, has enlarged his image.
Xi himself was forced to raise slogans against his father, which he did without any hesitation.
One thing Xi learnt from his father’s episode was that there were no prospects outside the CCP.
His methodology includes projection of military power to deter his opponents, creating divisions among other claimants, deployment of coercion and offering financial aid.
He realises that without economic power, China cannot emerge as a super power.