The Power – and Limits – of Xi Jinping
By Zhuoran Li
Xi may have more power than any Chinese leader since Mao Zedong, but even he can’t fully implement his policy preferences.
David Shambaugh on China’s Political Personalities, From Mao to Xi
By Shannon Tiezzi
“Although their respective periods of rule are four decades apart, and China has changed so much in the interim, it is really quite striking just how much Mao and Xi have in common.”
China’s Early COVID-19 Missteps Have an All-Too-Mundane Explanation
By Kyle Jaros
How intergovernmental dynamics influenced the coronavirus outbreak in China.
Between Bullying and Flattery: A Theory on Chinese Politics
By Zheng Wang
Whether bullying or flattering the top leader, China's bureaucracy always has its own interests at heart.
China's Move to Centralize Environmental Oversight
By Ma Tianjie
Beijing is rethinking previous reforms that gave local officials final say over environmental protection.
How to Fix China’s Foreign Policy
By Xue Li and Xu Yanzhuo
China's foreign policy apparatus needs a makeover. Here's where to start.