Topics

Ai Weiwei
Evan Osnos observes China's split personality in 'Age of Ambition'
Evan Osnos observes China's split personality in 'Age of Ambition'

For more than a year, a portion of my apartment complex in Beijing has been a construction zone; squat, old buildings have been razed, and new towers are sprouting in their stead. The area is blocked off by walls covered with large, professionally printed green banners that stretch perhaps 15 feet high. A slogan on one reads: "The China Dream, My Dream." Such posters — inspired by President Xi Jinping himself — can be found all over the country, and in six brief Chinese characters, the motto unwittingly speaks volumes about China today: a state and its citizens bursting with aspiration toward an undefined goal. A leadership eager to express common cause with —...

Loading