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David Gitter

David Gitter

David Gitter is the director of the Party Watch Initiative, where he specializes in research and analysis of authoritative open source Chinese language materials.

David Gitter is the director of the Party Watch Initiative, where he specializes in research and analysis of authoritative open source Chinese language materials. Prior to joining the Project 2049 Institute, he worked in various analytical capacities in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, including the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (OUSDP), and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), focusing on Chinese foreign policy and broader Asian security issues. Gitter received his MA in Asian Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He has lived, worked, and studied in Beijing, China and has working proficiency in Mandarin.

Posts by David Gitter
August 17, 2018

China’s ‘New Type of Party System’: A ‘Multiparty’ System for Foreign Consumption?

By Julia Bowie and Nathanael Callan
The CCP rebrands China’s political party system for external propaganda.

February 27, 2018

Xi Jinping's Latest Power Move, in Context

By David Gitter
The removal of term limits is the culmination of a carefully laid path to increased power.
December 09, 2017

The CCP Plants the China Dream Abroad

By David Gitter
“The CCP’s arms of influence are targeting foreign societies in ways that have seldom been fully considered.”

November 04, 2017

Pseudonyms with Chinese Characteristics: An Authoritative Resource for China Watchers

By David Gitter and Leah Fang
When you see a Chinese commentary signed by Ren Zhongping, Zhong Zuwen, or Guo Ping, it's the government talking.

October 28, 2017

China Sells Socialism to the Developing World

By David Gitter
Expect China to become more assertive in pushing its alternative development model to other countries.

October 24, 2017

How Effective Is CCP Propaganda?

By David Gitter
Even CCP members are increasingly unconvinced by official Party ideology.
October 06, 2017

The Chinese Communist Party: Candid and Transparent?

By David Gitter
The CCP is surprisingly candid about its goals, intentions, and activities in Chinese language publications.

December 29, 2016

US-China Frictions in Film: Hollywood With Chinese Characteristics

By David Gitter and Elsa Kania
China's film policies are a window into its broader view of cultural products.

October 01, 2016

How Beijing Uses People-to-People Ties as Leverage Over Taiwan

By David Gitter and Elsa Kania
Beijing hopes to convince Taiwanese to pressure their government into more politically accommodating positions.

August 08, 2016

The Chinese Communist Party International Department: Overlooked yet Ever Present

By David Gitter and Leah Fang
Even seasoned China hands have often overlooked one of the most authoritative channels of CPC influence and power.

July 15, 2016

Does China Care About the South China Sea Ruling?

By David Gitter
And if not, can Beijing be made to care?
June 25, 2016

Why China Both Loves and Fears the Rule of Law

By David Gitter
Beijing recognizes the importance of a reliable legal system, but fears the challenge lawyers could pose to the CCP.

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