Ex-top official says China's Xi not serious in tackling graft
BEIJING (REUTERS) - Chinese President Xi Jinping is not serious about fighting corruption and is more intent on maintaining his position than curing the country's "sickness", the most senior official jailed over the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests said on Friday.
Mr Bao Tong, the most trusted aide to purged reformist Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang, characterised the new president as no different from Mao Zedong - the leader who led China into the chaos of the Cultural Revolution.
It was his harshest criticism to date of Mr Xi, who many liberals and intellectuals are hoping will emerge as a reformer, like his father, Xi Zhongxun, a liberal-minded former vice premier.
"I can only see one thing: he has continued suppression," Mr Bao, 80, told Reuters in his apartment in Beijing.