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The Ideological Shift Behind Xi’s Clean Sweep
November 03, 2022

The Ideological Shift Behind Xi’s Clean Sweep

By Dan Macklin
A multi-year effort has brought strongman rule back into the Communist Party liturgy.

China’s 20th Party Congress: The Implications for CCP Norms
November 03, 2022

China’s 20th Party Congress: The Implications for CCP Norms

By Ling Li
Revisiting the resilience of the age limit norm and exploring two counterfactuals.
What Institutional Norms Are Left After the 20th Party Congress?
October 25, 2022

What Institutional Norms Are Left After the 20th Party Congress?

By Jonathan Brookfield
The Politburo Standing Committee line-up brought a number of surprises, but Xi still seems to have operated within a broad institutional framework.

China’s Xi Expands Powers, Promotes Allies
October 23, 2022

China’s Xi Expands Powers, Promotes Allies

By Joe McDonald
With all seven members of the new Politburo Standing Committee loyal to Xi, "There is no counterweight or checks and balances in the system at all."

China’s 20th Party Congress: A Downside Scenario
October 12, 2022

China’s 20th Party Congress: A Downside Scenario

By Dan Macklin
If political turnover norms are abandoned, Xi could surround himself with compliant officials, raising the risk of policy missteps.

China’s Political ‘Coalitions of the Weak’
October 10, 2022

China’s Political ‘Coalitions of the Weak’

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Victor C. Shih.

What to Watch for at the 20th Party Congress: The Leadership Shuffle
October 06, 2022

What to Watch for at the 20th Party Congress: The Leadership Shuffle

By Shannon Tiezzi
Five things to pay attention to as China's big leadership transition gets underway.
The Chinese Communist Party’s Ride-or-Die Moment
October 05, 2022

The Chinese Communist Party’s Ride-or-Die Moment

By Tyler Roylance
At its upcoming congress, the party will triple down on a leader whose policies are proving increasingly self-defeating.

China’s 20th Party Congress: An Upside Scenario
October 04, 2022

China’s 20th Party Congress: An Upside Scenario

By Dan Macklin
Turnover norms for Beijing’s top governing body could check Xi’s power and boost pro-market reformers.

Can the Chinese Communist Party Congress Surprise Us?
September 30, 2022

Can the Chinese Communist Party Congress Surprise Us?

By Bonnie Girard
Surprises are possible at the CCP’s most scripted event – but this year, any hopes for an “October surprise” are wishful thinking.

The End of Senior Politics in China
September 26, 2022

The End of Senior Politics in China

By Zhuoran Li
Xi Jinping is the first leader since 1978 not to be constrained by powerful elders in the CCP.
Mounting Problems Threaten to Dampen Xi’s Congress Victory
September 17, 2022

Mounting Problems Threaten to Dampen Xi’s Congress Victory

By Dan Macklin
China’s leader faces a litany of domestic and international challenges that are creating a gloomy backdrop to his anticipated reselection.

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