Date
17 December 2017
Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton offers a personal view of some of the world's leading politicians in her memoir "Hard Choices". Photo: Reuters
Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton offers a personal view of some of the world's leading politicians in her memoir "Hard Choices". Photo: Reuters

Clinton’s up-close view of Hu, Wen

Former president Hu Jintao was aloof and former premier Wen Jiabao always stuck to the script, according to Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state between 2009 and 2013. 

Those are just some of the impressions of world leaders that Clinton shares in her newly released book “Hard Choices”, a memoir widely read as testing the waters for a US presidential bid, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.

Clinton describes Hu as cautious, a man from whom it was hard to get answers during talks and someone who always had to talk to officials at lower levels.

Wen, who is often portrayed as a grandfatherly figure, was not as moderate as he seemed and could be very demanding, such as his criticism in private that the United States should be fully responsible for the global financial crisis, the report said.

She said Russian President Vladimir Putin is obsessed with power and German Chancellor Angela Merkel is a leader of strength.

According to some people familiar with the matter, Clinton is likely to make a final decision about a presidential run after congressional elections in November, the report said.

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