China's Xi Seen at Center of Emerging Culture of Praise

March 8, 2015 1:49 PM

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His smiling visage beams from decorative plates and plastic trinkets sold in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. State television coverage is wallpapered with his signature slogans, and his every pronouncement and meeting with foreign dignitaries leads the nightly news broadcast.

Not one, but two books collect Chinese President Xi Jinping's speeches and favorite classical Chinese allusions — highly unusual in that they have been published so early in his tenure instead of after his retirement.

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