China leader's persona forged by harsh early life
Xi, who likes the Hollywood film ‘‘Saving Private Ryan,’’ showed a human side during his official visit to the U.S. earlier this year. He took in a Los Angeles Lakers game and stopped in Iowa to visit families who hosted him during a study tour there in 1985. Asked by California schoolchildren about his hobbies, Xi listed reading, swimming, and watching sports, but said to laughter that finding more personal time was ‘‘mission impossible.’’
Former U.S. ambassador to Beijing Jon Huntsman said Xi is a man ‘‘who is quite different from Hu Jintao’’ in that Xi appears at ease.
‘‘He’s someone who you can connect with,’’ Huntsman said.