At first glance, Chinese President Xi Jinping's life story seems simple. His father was a high-ranking Chinese government official, and opened doors for his son, who rose even higher.
But his rise to become the most powerful Chinese leader since Chairman Mao Zedong seems far more unlikely when you find out what Mao's policies did to Xi's family during his childhood.
In this episode we tell the story of Xi's - from its terrifying beginning to mysterious end - and ask if he is the catalyst for the deterioration of relations between China and Australia.
by ABC Radio
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