Australians do not have a monopoly on low bastardry

The Chinese aren’t bad at low bastardry either.

Vice President Xi has yet to declare his hand. So far he has straddled the factions, cannily refraining from specifics on policy. A year ago he publicly lavished praise on Bo for his revival of Red Culture, but that may not mean much. In China, you take care to praise your enemies in public; it’s from behind and in the dark that you stab them.

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