Revisiting China: One Year After the White Paper Movement
By Jianli Yang
Is China any closer to meaningful political change?
The CCP’s Zero COVID Campaign Left a Lasting Mark on Chinese Politics
By Wilson (Yuxi) Wen
Zero COVID artificially and unnecessarily created the perfect condition for a political thunderstorm that could shake the ruling legitimacy and control mechanism of the party-state.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.”
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.