… Xi Mingzhi was unsatisfied with her life in China after living for several years as a student in the United States. Out of love for his daughter, Xi Jinping was reportedly persuaded to let her return to school in Massachusetts where she had enjoyed her undergraduate years. … [perhaps] Xi Jinping considers the United States to be a safer place for his child than Beijing, in the midst of political intrigue and possible danger.
Chairman Xi of Communist Party-led China reluctantly sent his daughter back to the US, perhaps for safekeeping. She does not feel comfortable in oppressive and totalitarian China after having experienced several years of relative freedom in the US — and furthermore she may not feel safe inside the Middle Kingdom due to rising political turmoil.
Is life becoming more complicated now for the children of the “princelings?” As the Chinese economy slides down into turbulent waters, are we beginning to see the rise and return of the Tuanpei?
Return of the Tuanpei
The tuanpai worked their way up through the ranks, the hard way. They were not born into privilege like Chairman Xi and his inner circle.
Two broad camps in the leadership vigorously vie for influence and control in post-Deng China: the “elitist coalition”, with its core faction of princelings (leaders who come from veteran revolutionary families), and the “populist coalition”, which primarily consists of so-called tuanpai (leaders who advanced their careers through the Chinese Communist Youth League). __ https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2085000/xi-all-powerful-what-trump-needs-know-about-chinese-politics
The story of China is a story of violent swings between extremes, for thousands of years. Even under the powerful grip of the CPC, China’s basic nature is to divide and clash with itself. And so it will continue to play out.
US President Trump has been slashing visas for Chinese students and non-STEM professors. But he may make an exception for the daughter of Xi, as a personal gesture. Trump may feel that it is better to face Xi across the negotiating table, than an unknown group of people who bring a different agenda.
China: Tension Mounts
“China faces a protracted and increasingly difficult struggle to secure energy and water supplies to feed its insatiable appetite. From having to sustain a population over four times that of America’s 330 million, China is already at a severe disadvantage against the world’s incumbent superpower,” reports digital media news site SupChina. “China has only a portion of the U.S.’s oil, gas, and water resources, and that gap in self-sufficiency is likely to widen further.”
… While China is doing its best to boost its own energy production, however, it may be too little too late. China’s demand for fuel is insatiable and simply cannot be met without the massive imports that China has already become completely dependent on and will continue to rely on as the economy grows __ https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Chinas-Superpower-Status-At-Risk-As-Energy-Nightmare-Intensifies.html
China’s energy supplies are a life and death matter. The ease with which China could be deprived of its flow of oil from the Persian Gulf must be a perpetual source of migraines and ulcers for those who are trying to move China closer to superpower status.