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Why the Soviet Union’s 20th Party Congress Continues to Haunt China
May 14, 2022

Why the Soviet Union’s 20th Party Congress Continues to Haunt China

By Zhenze Huang
A lesson from 1956 continues to affect China’s understanding of political security -- especially as the CCP's own 20th Congress draws near.

Who Will Make It Onto China’s Top Leadership Body?
February 25, 2022

Who Will Make It Onto China’s Top Leadership Body?

By Jonathan Brookfield
Answering that requires first answering another question: How much sway will previous norms hold in Chinese politics in 2022?
Xi Loyalist Ding Xuexiang Could Benefit From Factional Infighting
February 01, 2022

Xi Loyalist Ding Xuexiang Could Benefit From Factional Infighting

By Tristan Kenderdine
Certain to remain on the Politburo, Ding’s quest to reach the Standing Committee will depend on the results of political infighting between rival cliques.  

Outlook: China’s Influence and Xi Jinping’s Leadership in 2022
January 23, 2022

Outlook: China’s Influence and Xi Jinping’s Leadership in 2022

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Trey McArver.

More Visibility for Xi Jinping’s Point Man on Ideology: Jiang Jinquan
December 29, 2021

More Visibility for Xi Jinping’s Point Man on Ideology: Jiang Jinquan

By Jesse Turland
A year into the job as director of the top party-affiliated think tank, Jiang Jinquan is appearing more frequently to boldly champion Xi’s positions on ideology, party governance and unity.

China’s Foreign Affairs Director Seat May Fall out of the Politburo
October 08, 2021

China’s Foreign Affairs Director Seat May Fall out of the Politburo

By Tristan Kenderdine
Without any strong contender emerging to replace Yang Jiechi, the next director of the Office of Foreign Affairs could be cut from the Politburo, opening a slot for a different party position.

Rural Affairs Specialist Han Jun Likely to Ascend to Vice Premier in 2022
September 17, 2021

Rural Affairs Specialist Han Jun Likely to Ascend to Vice Premier in 2022

By Tristan Kenderdine
Han Jun’s elevation to Jilin governor puts this rural policy careerist in strong contention for one of four State Council vice premier positions in 2022.
Chen Gang a Dark Horse to Lead China’s Strategic Technoindustrial Policy
August 31, 2021

Chen Gang a Dark Horse to Lead China’s Strategic Technoindustrial Policy

By Tristan Kenderdine
Chen Gang will likely enter the Politburo in 2027. His experience governing technoindustrial clusters will be a valuable skill set for top governance positions through the 2020s.

Shen Yiqin, Party Historian, to Bring Depth to CCP Politburo
August 24, 2021

Shen Yiqin, Party Historian, to Bring Depth to CCP Politburo

By Tristan Kenderdine
Shen Yiqin, a party history expert and representative of the emerging Guizhou faction, is the leading female candidate for Politburo promotion in 2022.

Emerging Ethnic Affairs Policy Specialist Chen Run’er Could Take Over as Xinjiang Party Secretary
June 14, 2021

Emerging Ethnic Affairs Policy Specialist Chen Run’er Could Take Over as Xinjiang Party Secretary

By Tristan Kenderdine
A low flier on a newly established institutional trajectory toward ethnic affairs governance, Chen Run’er could replace the infamous Chen Quanguo at the 2022 CCP Congress.

Chen Quanguo, Architect of Xinjiang Crackdown, Likely to be Rewarded With Central Position in 2022
June 07, 2021

Chen Quanguo, Architect of Xinjiang Crackdown, Likely to be Rewarded With Central Position in 2022

By Tristan Kenderdine
Xinjiang Party Secretary Chen Quanguo will likely see a promotion at the 2022 Communist Party Congress, perhaps to vice premier.
Zhao Kezhi’s Legacy Could Define China’s Regional Security Paradigm
April 12, 2021

Zhao Kezhi’s Legacy Could Define China’s Regional Security Paradigm

By Tristan Kenderdine
The 20th Party Congress will mark the end of Zhao’s CCP career, but his internal affairs policy will continue.

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