There's a catch to Xi's tiger trap

Xi Jinping's declared corruption crackdown has had its first win, but the protracted fall of Liu Tienan suggests the case met heavy resistance within the Party.

A cardinal rule in politics is to under-promise and over-deliver. When Xi Jinping late last year, on becoming Communist Party of China general secretary, announced (yet another) crackdown on corruption, he raised the bar by declaring that it would not be enough to “swat flies” but “tigers” also had to be caught. In doing so, he immediately raised expectations which he seemed in danger of disappointing. 

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