Diana Fu, an expert in Asian politics from the University of Toronto, said Xi’s emergence means Trudeau will have to continue approaching the Chinese president “carefully and tactfully” because he’s shown he won’t bow to foreign powers.
“When Xi took the reins in 2013, repressing boundary-pushers in civil society was a cornerstone of his political campaign to consolidate power,” Diana Fu of the University of Toronto and Greg Distelhorst of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology wrote in an academic paper on “Grassroots Participation and Repression in Contemporary China”.
Related article: "Grassroots Participation and Repression Under Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping." Forthcoming 2018. The China Journal.
The Economist. Feb. 4 2017
Related article: Fu, D. and G. Distelhorst. "Public Transcripts: Articulating Authoritarian Citizenship in China." Presented at the 2017 Annual Association of Political Science Meeting.