But just as Gorbachev’s later unfolding took observers by surprise, commentators did not anticipate Xi's authoritarian restoration. At most, they believed in the advent of a dull leader, without any ability to rally.
If we add that Xi Jinping, like other leaders, sent his daughter to study in the United States - and even at Harvard University where, under a pseudonym, she has taken courses at one of the world's leading sinology centers - all the conditions seem reunited to suggest a Chinese Gorbachev. Commentators sometimes forget that nothing in Mikhail Gorbachev's previous career foreshadowed the action he undertook once in power. He primarily owed his ascension to the fact that he had been head of a district in which Soviet leaders often came to take the waters. He had been the head of Soviet agriculture, virtually unknown abroad. Like Xi, Gorbachev is an enigma, but in the opposite direction.