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China’s ‘Fragmented Authoritarianism’ During the COVID-19 Pandemic
June 25, 2022

China’s ‘Fragmented Authoritarianism’ During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Zhenze Huang
China’s pandemic response has been heavily mediated by the always-complex relationship between central and local governments.

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.
China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign: Tigers, Flies, and Everything in Between
May 12, 2022

China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign: Tigers, Flies, and Everything in Between

By Rahul Karan Reddy
Since Xi Jinping took office, his anti-corruption efforts have expanded beyond the confines of the CCP itself.

Political Stakes High as Beijing Responds to Virus Outbreak
April 30, 2022

Political Stakes High as Beijing Responds to Virus Outbreak

By Ken Moritsugu
A botched response to the Beijing outbreak could dent the Communist Party’s reputation and with it, top leader Xi Jinping’s room for maneuver.

Political Tensions Simmer Over Shanghai’s COVID-19 Crisis
April 20, 2022

Political Tensions Simmer Over Shanghai’s COVID-19 Crisis

By Dan Macklin
The Shanghai lockdown highlighted pre-existing fault lines in China between state and society, as well as the central and local governments.

What Keeps China’s Zero-COVID Policy Going
March 22, 2022

What Keeps China’s Zero-COVID Policy Going

By Zhuoran Li
The CCP's approach to pandemic management incentivizes officials to double down on extreme measures without regard for the costs.

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?
The Re-emergence of an ‘Aerospace Clique’ in Chinese Politics?
February 19, 2022

The Re-emergence of an ‘Aerospace Clique’ in Chinese Politics?

By Marcus Clay
The rise of aerospace specialists like Ma Xingrui and Zhang Hongwen is a notable exception to the Xi era turn away from technocracy and engineer-politicians.

The Rise and Fall of Democracy With Chinese Characteristics
February 05, 2022

The Rise and Fall of Democracy With Chinese Characteristics

By Zhuoran Li
Despite Beijing’s recent attempts to sell its own version of democracy, China’s “consultative democracy” has been on a downslide since Xi came to power.

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.

Why Is China Insisting It Is a Democracy?
December 11, 2021

Why Is China Insisting It Is a Democracy?

By Brian Wong
The attempt to frame an alternative model of democracy highlights a shift in the CCP’s quest for legitimacy.
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.

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