As the Chinese aphorism puts it, Tall trees attract wind. Someone who was more overtly ambitious might have lost his cool over challenges, but Hu has managed to convey an air of composure, the better to maintain a semblance of accord between fractious leaders.
Tall trees attract wind means more popularity a person, more attention from the public but in the other hand he/she will likely be the target some people want to criticize, attack and compete with like the tall tree in the forest likely to be the first one broken by the strong wind. Obviously Mr. Hu is just the one. His power was always challenged by some ambitious party members. But he succeeded, not because the power of chairman is not tolerated to be challenged, but he derived something from the traditional Chinese culture to maintain his authority. Contrast to Mao, who had destroyed the Chinese culture, Mr. Hu managed to build himself as the preserver of the Chinese culture by emphasizing the importance of it. Chinese traditional culture is based on the Confucius's philosophy, which emphasized the authority of orthodox, discipline and so on so that overwhelming his challengers. So under his governance, Chinese traditional festivals will be intergrated into our hollidays from 2008.
Even though China's revolutionaries spent decades trying to expunge "feudal" culture, Hu has ended up as something of a closet traditionalist whose sense of a political true north derives as much from the Chinese classics, to which he has turned in search of models of concord, as it does from Mao and Marx.
Such traditional-sounding rhetoric about harmony and peace — the antithesis of Maoist phrases about class contradictions and anti-imperialist struggle — has been spilling from party propaganda organs. Weary of struggle and strife, contemporary Chinese react almost autonomically to such rhetoric, which evokes the datong, the great harmony, a utopian ideal from the ancient Book of Rites.
To Mr. Hu, I agree the comment from the Yale historian Jonathan Spence on him:
"uses a language that preaches caution and the avoidance of extremes, but seems to have little sense of how to implement changes that will boldly address China's formidable problems."
This guy always uses "harmony" to boast his political ideas, building a ideology system like peaceful rise, scientific outlook on development and most important the harmonious society। He is quite ideal, seems like playing Tai Chi. He thought that harmony and peace can alleviate all kinds of social problems, but they won't basically solve the problems such as a majority of poverty, which submersed under the surface of the society,without any attention being paid. After all, the traditional political philosophy is not for democrats. The demands of freedom and democracy is ignored. In the meaning of suppressing speech and putting down the activities, Hu is not different from Mao and Jiang.
In fact, I like the funny illustration instead of Mr. Hu.