Why China Doesn’t Have an Opposition Leader Like Navalny
By Yaqiu Wang
The popular Russian opposition leader has died in prison, but even his tragic career would have been impossible in China.
Xi Jinping’s Quest for Self-governance Without Democracy
By Jonghyuk Lee
In the quest to ensure local accountability, elections are out; the “Fengqiao Experience” is in.
‘To the Masses’: Decoding Xi Jinping’s Lunar New Year Visits
By Zhuowen Li
Understanding Xi’s take on a longstanding CCP tradition: visiting ordinary citizens ahead of the holiday season.
The Power – and Limits – of Xi Jinping
By Zhuoran Li
Xi may have more power than any Chinese leader since Mao Zedong, but even he can’t fully implement his policy preferences.
Chinese Gather Despite Heavy Security as Former Premier Li Keqiang Is Laid to Rest
By Christopher Bodeen and Ken Moritsugu
Authorities appeared to be taking a relatively light approach to the public outpouring of grief at Li's passing, possibly to avoid sparking a larger incident.
The Sudden Death of China’s Former No. 2 Leader Li Keqiang Comes as a Shock
By Kanis Leung
Li, who was premier from March 2013 to March 2023, passed away from a heart attack at age 68.
China’s Former Premier Li Keqiang Dies at 68
By Emily Wang Fujiyama and Kanis Leung
An English-speaking economist, Li was considered a contender to succeed then-Chinese Communist Party leader Hu Jintao in 2013.
China Announces Removal of Defense Minister, 2 Months After He Was Last Seen in Public
By Christopher Bodeen
Li Shangfu is the second senior Chinese official to disappear this year, following former Foreign Minister Qin Gang.
China’s Statecraft and Global Leadership
By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Chin-Hao Huang.
China’s Minister Purges Reflect Xi’s Personnel Dilemma
By Dan Macklin
The removal of two key ministers highlights a deficiency of suitable talent, unsatisfactory performances, and internal divisions.
China’s Economy Might Be Down, But Don’t Expect Regime Collapse
By Jinghao Zhou
Predicting the downfall of the CCP has been a longstanding pastime for some scholars.
Why China Isn’t Pulling the Stimulus Trigger
By Dan Macklin
Political fundamentals limit Beijing’s resolve to rescue its ailing economy.