Xi Jinping, who recently took over as leader of the Communist Party in China, gave a straightforward first public speech that focused on problem-solving without promising political reform, writes C. Cindy Fan, a geography professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, in this opinion article. "A breath of fresh air, it seems; a break from the past, I doubt it," writes Fan, who is also the university's interim vice provost for international studies.

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