A letter from Robert Lawrence Kuhn

The full text of Kuhn's response to last Friday's SupChina Access email, which discussed an argument he made in the South China Morning Post in support of Xi Jinping's extended rule.

Dear Jeremy:

Waking up in Beijing, I was treated to your post. The groggy instant I read the headline, I thought, “Ah, good, perhaps I can learn something….”  

I did interview Jiang Zemin (November 2003), a formal discussion (with translator) and long dinner (in English), for three-plus hours. I was not permitted to use a recorder or even to take notes. I…

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