WorldViews: The important thing missing in this video of Xi Jinping walking Chinese streets

By Adam Taylor, February 25, 2014

The cellphone footage above shows something you don't see often: A Chinese president taking a stroll in a Beijing alleyway.

Xi Jinping was walking in the trendy traditional neighborhood of Nanluoguxiang on Tuesday, stopping to chat with local youths and visiting the home of a nearby resident, the Associated Press reports. It appeared to be yet another carefully planned, nominally impromptu event designed to show that China's president is more in touch with the people he leads than his predecessors (in another recent move, he ate buns at a humble Beijing restaurant).

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