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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.

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.
2022 Watch: Chen Yixin Likely to Become China’s Internal Security Commissar
April 07, 2021

2022 Watch: Chen Yixin Likely to Become China’s Internal Security Commissar

By Tristan Kenderdine
Chen, the head of Xi’s rectification campaign, is likely to ascend through a restrengthened Politics and Legal Affairs Commission.

Is Institutionalism Still Useful in Elite China Political Analyses?
January 05, 2021

Is Institutionalism Still Useful in Elite China Political Analyses?

By Tristan Kenderdine
China's elite politics is ultimately unpredictable, but the party cadre system remains the most resilient political institution.

China Looks Ahead to 20th Party Congress in 2022
December 07, 2020

China Looks Ahead to 20th Party Congress in 2022

By Tristan Kenderdine
China’s elite politics begins the run toward the personnel changes of October 2022’s 20th Party Congress.

Who Will Be China’s Next Premier?
August 04, 2020

Who Will Be China’s Next Premier?

By Andrei Lungu
Because of the focus on what Xi will do in 2022, an important question has been ignored: who will take Li Keqiang’s place?
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.

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