Nikkei Asian Review
Political tensions are rising in a prelude of what is expected to be an all-out battle between the country’s top two leaders – President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. Relations between the two have deteriorated sharply. “Li looks as if he picked a fight with Xi, who is unpopular with intellectuals,” a university official said. The aim of Li’s visits to two universities was to drum up support among students and intellectuals. Xi belongs to both the princeling faction and the second red generation – children of revolutionary-era leaders. There are many members of the second red generation in the People’s Liberation Army, which Xi sees as a reliable support base. So it’s the intellectuals versus the soldierly as China’s two top leaders jockey for position.