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The party turns sour for Xi

Celebration of 40th anniversary of China's economic reforms marked by rare dissent

A screen shows President Xi Jinping at an exhibition for the 40th anniversary of China's reform at the National Museum of China in Beijing.   © Reuters

Political anniversaries in China are big deals. This year -- the 40th anniversary of the start of China's economic reform -- is no exception. Unfortunately, for the ruling Chinese Communist Party, an occasion meant to celebrate its achievements has been marked with recriminations and foreboding about the future.

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