Running water, L-shaped sofas and flatscreen TVs are gracing new homes for some of the beneficiaries of Xi Jinping’s war on poverty
Xiao Ercha lives in a tumbledown shanty beside a pigsty, thousands of miles and a world away from the awe-inspiring skyscrapers of Beijing and Shanghai.
Tatty mosquito nets hang from the bamboo poles propping up the shack’s cracked asbestos roof; kittens and chickens scuttle across its earthen floor. Xiao, 57, shakes his head when asked to name the leader of his nation, the second largest economy on earth.
How can you make sure a billion people trust you and say: ‘This is our strong leader’?