January 26, 2023
How Xi Jinping Used the CCP Constitution to Cement His Power
By Jarek Grzywacz
Xi’s eventual successor will face the problem of major revisions to the party constitution – meaning a complicated transition period.
January 19, 2023
Russia’s Irrational War in Ukraine Should Be a Warning for Predicting China’s Behavior
By Jan Švec
Many of the factors that led to Putin’s disastrous decision are also present in China’s authoritarian system.
May 11, 2022
Xi Jinping’s Legitimacy Malaise Is Bad News for Cross-Strait Relations
By Anthony Toh Han Yang and Jonghyuk Lee
Xi’s achievements as a core leader of the party are far inferior to those of Mao and Deng. Taiwan may be his only chance to secure a legacy-defining victory.
December 11, 2021
Why Is China Insisting It Is a Democracy?
By Brian Wong
The attempt to frame an alternative model of democracy highlights a shift in the CCP’s quest for legitimacy.
November 19, 2021
The Sixth Plenum and the Rise of Traditional Chinese Culture in Socialist Ideology
By Zhuoran Li
The CCP is turning to traditional culture to bolster its rule and guard against the spread of Western values.
July 02, 2021
At 100, Chinese Communist Party in Renewed Drive for Legitimacy
By Pratik Jakhar
The party has seized upon the anniversary to bolster its appeal through a blend of narratives that incorporate past glories, present successes, and future greatness.
October 29, 2020
What Happens to the CCP If China’s Economic Growth Falters?
By Alexis Leggeri
Thanks to a rapid build-up in its domestic security capacity, the Party has the ability to substitute hard control for economic legitimacy.
October 09, 2020
COVID-19 Has Dimmed Xi’s Approval Ratings Abroad – But Not in China
By Sungmin Cho
Why have Chinese citizens shown even stronger support for Xi Jinping during the COVID-19 crisis?
July 18, 2020
The World Is Falling for China’s Hong Kong Trap
By Andrei Lungu
With the national security law, the CCP created for itself the perfect opportunity to pit China against “foreign hostile forces.”
March 09, 2020
The World Sees a Public Health Crisis. Beijing Sees a Political Threat.
By Sarah Cook
Amid the coronavirus epidemic, suppression of dissent remains a top priority for the CCP, and the stakes are higher than ever.
March 04, 2020
Is COVID-19 China’s ‘Chernobyl Moment’?
By Liubomir K. Topaloff
There are plenty of differences between Gorbachev’s Soviet Union and Xi’s China. But there are enough similarities that Xi should be worried.
February 13, 2020
Coronavirus Paranoia May Boost the Chinese Public’s Approval of the Government
By Jo Kim
Chinese people largely seem to approve of the central government’s actions and applaud harsh quarantine measures at the local level.
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