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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.

Russia’s Stalled Invasion of Ukraine: Lessons for China’s Leaders
April 06, 2022

Russia’s Stalled Invasion of Ukraine: Lessons for China’s Leaders

By Zi Yang
Russia’s Ukraine invasion holds important takeaways for China about elite politics, foreign policy, and military affairs.
The Ukraine Invasion: What Lessons Is China Learning?
March 01, 2022

The Ukraine Invasion: What Lessons Is China Learning?

By Jianli Yang and Yan Yu
Xi Jinping is watching Ukraine with one eye on Taiwan. The West must give him reason to think any invasion would be disastrously costly.

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.

China’s ‘Common Prosperity’: The Maoism of Xi Jinping
September 23, 2021

China’s ‘Common Prosperity’: The Maoism of Xi Jinping

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Ming Xia.
‘Red Roulette’: Tell-All Book Reveals the Dark Underbelly of China’s Gilded Age
September 17, 2021

‘Red Roulette’: Tell-All Book Reveals the Dark Underbelly of China’s Gilded Age

By Lizzi C. Lee
Beneath Desmond Shum’s deeply personal memoir about corruption and wealth, we can glimpse the profound political and economic tectonic shifts that foreshadowed Xi Jinping’s second term of office.

David Shambaugh on China’s Political Personalities, From Mao to Xi
September 08, 2021

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.”

Chen Min’er Guarantees Xi Jinping’s Influence Into the 2030s
August 27, 2021

Chen Min’er Guarantees Xi Jinping’s Influence Into the 2030s

By Tristan Kenderdine
Chen Min'er has long been near the top of China’s governance structure. His development as a likeness to Xi means he is now the conduit between the elder and younger factions of Xi’s New Core.

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.

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