Took me a while to get round to listening to the Sinica interview with Kevin Rudd on Xi Jinping's worldview, but it's excellent and worth a listen even if you don't have a specific interest in China.

One of the points Rudd makes is that we shouldn't act as if the the politics in the "mysterious middle kingdom" work fundamentally differently than in countries we are more familiar with. It's important to understand the pressures on a Marxist/Leninist government, and the thought process behind that, but there is much in the politics within the party and the government that would feel familiar to any politician.