- By Isaac Stone FishIsaac Stone Fish is Asia editor at Foreign Policy, where he edits, reports, and writes stories from across the region. Previously a Beijing correspondent for Newsweek, Isaac wrote stories on such subjects as the Dalai Lama’s effect on international trade, China’s love affair with rogue states, and crystal meth in North Korea, a country he has visited twice. A fluent Mandarin speaker, Isaac spent seven years living in China prior to joining FP; he has traveled widely in the region and in China. His articles have also appeared in the New York Times, the Economist, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has appeared as a commentator on MSNBC, BBC, NPR, Al-Jazeera, and PRI, among others.
Xi Jinping, the man slated to rule China for the next decade, is a mystery, wrapped in an enigma, wrapped in a bear-size navy blue suit. For the inaugural episode of Foreign Policy‘s collaboration with Bloggingheads.tv, I interviewed Cheng Li, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and an expert on elite politics in China. Cheng (who wrote a recent piece on FP about China’s leadership transition) and I discuss how the United States and China could avoid conflict over "currency manipulation," the Communist Party’s attempts to humanize its leaders, and his best guess on whether or not Xi Jinping will make any fundamental changes in China.
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