‘To Be or Not to Be’: Chinese Media Credit Hamlet’s Suicide Monologue for Driving Xi Jinping to Become a Despot

An enthusiastically positive profile of Communist Party leader Xi Jinping in the Chinese state news service Xinhua claims that reading the “To Be or Not to Be” soliloquy in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet – a monologue about contemplating suicide – inspired Xi to spread his totalitarian ideology through politics.

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