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Sub-Provincial City Cadres: China’s Leadership Cohort for 2027 and Beyond
September 03, 2021

Sub-Provincial City Cadres: China’s Leadership Cohort for 2027 and Beyond

By Tristan Kenderdine
Sub-provincial city governance positions are often the last policy-testing ground before promotion to ministerial-level cadre rank, and the possibilities of central leadership positions that this brings.

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.
What Is the CPPCC Anyway?
March 04, 2021

What Is the CPPCC Anyway?

By Shannon Tiezzi
Your guide to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, just in time for its annual session in Beijing.

Behind Xi Jinping’s Steely Façade, a Leadership Crisis Is Smoldering in China
October 09, 2020

Behind Xi Jinping’s Steely Façade, a Leadership Crisis Is Smoldering in China

By Sarah Cook
Recent party purges suggest ebbing confidence in the all-powerful chairman.

How Politically Influential Is China’s Military?
April 27, 2019

How Politically Influential Is China’s Military?

By Christopher K. Colley
Are we seeing the gradual decline of the PLA as a force in formal Chinese politics?

Is China Losing the Opportunity to Lead?
October 30, 2018

Is China Losing the Opportunity to Lead?

By Robert Dujarric
Domestic developments hinder the emergence of a Chinese Dream with appeal overseas.

Why Does Xi Jinping Care About Being President?
February 27, 2018

Why Does Xi Jinping Care About Being President?

By Shannon Tiezzi
History has proven that title to be all-but-meaningless. So why is it so important for Xi Jinping to keep it?
China's Former Internet Czar Lu Wei: A ‘Shameless,’ ‘Extremely Disloyal,’ ‘Double-faced Man’?
February 14, 2018

China's Former Internet Czar Lu Wei: A ‘Shameless,’ ‘Extremely Disloyal,’ ‘Double-faced Man’?

By Charlotte Gao
Lu Wei has been expelled from the Chinese Communist Party, dismissed from public office, and publicly shamed by media.

Why General Fang Fenghui Was Purged
January 14, 2018

Why General Fang Fenghui Was Purged

By Don Tse
Fang, the former chief of joint staff, has close ties to disgraced top generals who are accused of attempting a coup.

Xi Jinping in 2017: The World's Luckiest Man
December 16, 2017

Xi Jinping in 2017: The World's Luckiest Man

By Kerry Brown
Xi Jinping's political dominance owes a great deal to factors completely beyond his control.

The Death of Zhang Yang and China's Military Purge
December 02, 2017

The Death of Zhang Yang and China's Military Purge

By Adam Ni
General Zhang’s suicide comes as Xi consolidates his hold over the Chinese military.
The Men Who Will Lead China Into Its ‘New Era’
December 01, 2017

The Men Who Will Lead China Into Its ‘New Era’

By Matthias Stepan
How China’s new top personnel will impact policymaking in the next five years.

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