China’s new President Xi Jinping takes slap by N. Korea’s ‘boy leader’, returns message

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Since becoming General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and commander-in-chief 14 months ago, President Xi Jinping has devoted much of his energy to China’s power projection around the globe. Compared to his predecessor Hu Jintao, who is noted for his dour and cautious style, Xi has proven to be a more decisive — and Machiavellian — policymaker.

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