- Xi and his cabinet is helplessly inflexible and doesn't seem to understand the world from others perspective. Despite what everyone says I believe he is a man with strong morals - in the most conservative Chinese sense - that is, upholding Chinese nationalism and going great lengths to punish those that he deemed offensive to Chinese pride. The problem is that we need a savvy statesman, like Deng, right now - not a paragon of Chinese virtual.
- His inability to contain Communist infighting - there has always been a rivalry between the crown princes and the party school, but they had been able to keep it under the rug and speak with one voice. His cleansing of political opponents is now firing back at his face since he is pushing too far, and recent announcements and newspeak from party media is getting more and more paranoid. Some of it even smells like ideological witch hunt, others go back to stale self-praising. It is going completely backwards from what I saw a year ago where constructive criticisms were being tolerated or even encouraged at times.
- Serious mishandling of Hong Kong - he backed CY Leung to the Chief Executive position to displace the original candidate favored by local oligarchs and his party rivals. CY Leung then handled Hong Kong exactly like Xi - uncompromising to any dissent, setting off every possible political bomb and behaving like a spoiled fuckwit. His cabinet has trouble supporting him, while the opposition gained complete control over the disgruntled young. Many establishment players (With crown prince party backup) are even silently opposing him. Xi refuses to replace this counter-productive piece of shit because of the same reason to everything else: He will not compromise to dissent.
- Instead of trying to find a way to fix the trainwreck, Xi uses every available power to micromanage Hong Kong. Buying newspapers, imprisoning dissenters, demanding absolute loyalty. He over blew the independence movement in Hong Kong while party newspapers spared no effort in smearing the city. He made sure that Hong Kong and mainlanders will now hate each other so much that there is no going back. He treats Hong Kong like a misbehaving child, while completely missing the point that Hong Kong would have been an absolutely essential partner in his one belt one road project - if left alone.
- He is also spending lots of effort in "parenting" the morals of Chinese people, in the most conservative way possible. The media department is now not only censoring porn and political dissent, but also censoring divorce, fantasy, affairs, cleavage and 90% of what is produced by foreign countries, making sure that every piece of media produced in China is morally pure and therefore completely unwatchable - while what China desperately needs is soft power delivered by mass entertainment AND a way to divert public frustration from the economic disaster, which he created with his amateurish handling of the stock markets.
- Same case with South China sea. A year ago, I haven't been able to answer the question: Why would you piss off your SEA neighbors while trying to build a economical alliance? Now I know - its the same analysis. China claimed the massive wrath of sea with their "nine dotted line" many decades ago. While all his predecessors knew better than to push this ridiculous issue, Xi would believe it his patriotic duty and legacy to enforce it. Geopolitically it made completely no sense - Philippines and Vietnam would never have harassed our sea lanes or fell into the embrace of US/Japan completely if he didn't upset them over pieces of rocks.
With so much power Xi once consolidated, he could have done so much good. Instead he is now undoing decades of good work laid down by Deng - everything he does is pure brute force and no finesse. I cannot wait for his replacement to somebody with a cooler head...