The Dawn of the Dragon How Xi Jinping Has Transformed China

In 2012, Xi Jinping took office as the head of the Communist Party at the same time Bernhard Zand become DER SPIEGEL's correspondent in Beijing. Before leaving the country, he traveled all across the nation to measure how the Chinese people are faring today.
The skyline of Harbin, a city of over 10 million in northern China: The country is more conscious of its power today than it has been since the days of the great dynasties.

The skyline of Harbin, a city of over 10 million in northern China: The country is more conscious of its power today than it has been since the days of the great dynasties.

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Communist Party leader Xi Jinping at the party congress in Beijing in May: "China needs to learn more about the world."

Communist Party leader Xi Jinping at the party congress in Beijing in May: "China needs to learn more about the world."

Foto: Li Gang / Xinhua / eyevine / laif
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Startup founder Liu in 2018: "Anything but a Mercedes."

Startup founder Liu in 2018: "Anything but a Mercedes."

Foto: Gilles Sabrié
Tourists in Shanghai: With China isolating itself from the outside world, nationalist sentiment has increased.

Tourists in Shanghai: With China isolating itself from the outside world, nationalist sentiment has increased.

Foto: Kevin Frayer / Getty Images
Restaurant owner Yang Xiu in Wuhan: "Good for business but bad for the epidemic"

Restaurant owner Yang Xiu in Wuhan: "Good for business but bad for the epidemic"

Foto: Gilles Sabrie / DER SPIEGEL
Visitors to the island of Hainan in the south: "The Chinese never bluff."

Visitors to the island of Hainan in the south: "The Chinese never bluff."

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