ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon Twitter
The Big Story

What China's economic miracle left behind

How human rights fell by the wayside as the economy boomed

KENJI KAWASE, Nikkei Asian Review chief business news correspondent | China

HONG KONG -- In his 10,000-word essay decrying China's increasing authoritarianism, Xu Zhangrun studiously avoided mentioning President Xi Jinping by name. But his readers -- and China's censors -- did not need it spelled out for them.

"After 40 years of reform and opening up, I never thought I would witness the re-emergence of a cult of personality of our leader in the divine land of China," wrote Xu, a law professor at Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more