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Dan Macklin

Dan Macklin

Dan Macklin is a political analyst and risk consultant, based between Beijing and Shanghai. He writes about Chinese politics and political economy.

Dan was previously a graduate researcher at the Oxford University China Centre, where his research focused on the role of propaganda in contemporary Chinese governance. At undergraduate level, he studied Chinese language and history at the University of Cambridge and Peking University.

You can find Dan on Twitter @thatdanmacklin or visit his personal blog.

Posts by Dan Macklin
December 13, 2022

Has Xi Averted a ‘Winter of Discontent’ in China?

By Dan Macklin
Ending “zero COVID” is Beijing’s best option, but it comes at the worst possible time.

November 03, 2022

The Ideological Shift Behind Xi’s Clean Sweep

By Dan Macklin
A multi-year effort has brought strongman rule back into the Communist Party liturgy.
October 12, 2022

China’s 20th Party Congress: A Downside Scenario

By Dan Macklin
If political turnover norms are abandoned, Xi could surround himself with compliant officials, raising the risk of policy missteps.

October 04, 2022

China’s 20th Party Congress: An Upside Scenario

By Dan Macklin
Turnover norms for Beijing’s top governing body could check Xi’s power and boost pro-market reformers.

September 17, 2022

Mounting Problems Threaten to Dampen Xi’s Congress Victory

By Dan Macklin
China’s leader faces a litany of domestic and international challenges that are creating a gloomy backdrop to his anticipated reselection.

August 29, 2022

What’s Driving China’s Chip Sector Crackdown?

By Dan Macklin
The recent investigations come amid rising geostrategic competition, a domestic political transition, and broader regulatory tightening.
July 11, 2022

Why a Xi Jinping Third Term Looks Secure

By Dan Macklin
From key personnel appointments to a surge in loyalty displays, all signs point to China’s leader continuing in power.

June 07, 2022

China’s Risky Revival of Mao-Era Grassroots Mobilization Methods

By Dan Macklin
Mass mobilization has been key to Beijing’s pandemic strategy, but its continuation is undermining effective governance.

May 14, 2022

How Long Can Xi Prioritize ‘Zero COVID’ over the Economy?

By Dan Macklin
Past precedent suggests the Chinese leader is willing to deprioritize growth to focus on more urgent goals, but only as long as he is supported by a sufficient economic cushion.

April 20, 2022

Political Tensions Simmer Over Shanghai’s COVID-19 Crisis

By Dan Macklin
The Shanghai lockdown highlighted pre-existing fault lines in China between state and society, as well as the central and local governments.

April 01, 2022

Xiongan New Area, 5 Years on

By Dan Macklin
The much-touted mega-project is a fitting symbol for China’s political-economic transition under Xi Jinping.  
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