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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.

Chen Gang a Dark Horse to Lead China’s Strategic Technoindustrial Policy
August 31, 2021

Chen Gang a Dark Horse to Lead China’s Strategic Technoindustrial Policy

By Tristan Kenderdine
Chen Gang will likely enter the Politburo in 2027. His experience governing technoindustrial clusters will be a valuable skill set for top governance positions through the 2020s.
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.

As China Ditches High Growth, the World Must Adjust
May 04, 2021

As China Ditches High Growth, the World Must Adjust

By Michael Hirson, Tsveta Petrova, and Rickard Nyman
Observers of China’s economy need to become more sophisticated in their understanding Beijing’s evolving and competing policy priorities as growth targets fall out of favor.

Would People in Mainland China and Hong Kong Choose Democracy If They Could?
April 27, 2021

Would People in Mainland China and Hong Kong Choose Democracy If They Could?

By Jiangnan Zhu, Siqin Kang, Weijia Chen, Shitong Lin, and Siqi Wang
Analyzing the regime preferences of people in mainland China and Hong Kong during the pandemic.

Engagement With China Worked After All
April 22, 2021

Engagement With China Worked After All

By Lance L.P. Gore
China’s sharp swing to the left under Xi surprised many. But rather than a new normal, his generation may be the last gasp of old-school Maoism in the country.

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.

Politburo 2022 Candidate Analysis: Li Xi
December 29, 2020

Politburo 2022 Candidate Analysis: Li Xi

By Tristan Kenderdine
The Communist Party secretary of Guangdong province is a near-lock for the Politburo Standing Committee come 2022.

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?

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