Julian Gewirtz is an academy scholar at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the author of
Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China.
People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers march next to the entrance to the Forbidden City (L) after the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing on May 22, 2020.
A propaganda poster showing China's President Xi Jinping is pictured on a wall in Beijing on March 12, 2018. (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - MAY 6: China's President Xi Jinping looks on during a signing ceremony with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Great Hall of the People on May 6, 2013 in Beijing, China. Abbas is visiting China from May 5 to 7. (Photo by Jason Lee-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, : US President Ronald Reagan (R) and Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang, both holding umbrellas, walk arm in arm, as Reagan escorts him to his car through the rain 01 October 1984 after a meeting in the Cabinet Room in the White House, Washington, D.C. Former Chinese Prime Minister and Communist Party general secretary Zhao was stripped of his post days before the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989 for sympathising with the students who occupied the square for several weeks to demand democratic reforms. The family of disgraced leader denied 02 March 2000 reports that Zhao was no longer under house arrest in his family house in central Beijing. (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)