Prof Kerry Brown on China's Chairman Hu Jingtao

15 August 2012

Professor Kerry Brown, the Executive Director of China Studies Centre, recently was in conversation on Sinica Week, a weekly podcast about current affairs in China, about Hu Jingtao and his book Hu Jingtao: China's Silent Ruler. Over the six-month period from late 2012 to early 2013, Hu Jintao, the President of the People's Republic of China, Chair of the Central Military Commission, and Party Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), will relinquish at least two of his three positions. According to the constitution of the CCP, his time as Party head will come to an end, given that he has already served for two terms.

What do we know about the man beyond his reputation as a somewhat robotic consensus-seeker, and how will history look back at his time in power? Prof Brown's book Hu Jingtao: China's Silent Ruler provides an analytical assessment of Hu's period in charge of the world's most populous country. It concentrates briefly on his early life and entry into politics, then considers and evaluates his stewardship of the economy and of international affairs, as well as his ideological contribution and leadership of the communist party.

To listen to the conversation, please visit Sinica: The Chairman.