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Grassroots Protests Are Frequent in Xi Jinping’s China
November 16, 2022

Grassroots Protests Are Frequent in Xi Jinping’s China

By Kevin Slaten
In the streets, on banners, in cyberspace, collectively, and individually – people in China are speaking out.

China’s Performative Zero-COVID Policy
November 15, 2022

China’s Performative Zero-COVID Policy

By Zhuoran Li
To bolster their standing during the pandemic, local cadres are putting a new twist on the concept of performative governance.
China’s 20th Party Congress: Continuity and Change
November 07, 2022

China’s 20th Party Congress: Continuity and Change

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Benjamin Tsai.

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."

Seventh Plenum Sends ‘Stay the Course’ Signal Ahead of 20th Party Congress
October 13, 2022

Seventh Plenum Sends ‘Stay the Course’ Signal Ahead of 20th Party Congress

By Shannon Tiezzi
The final preview of the upcoming 20th National Congress of the CCP was a blow for anyone hoping for a shift on foreign policy or “zero COVID.”

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.

Forging the ‘New Era’: The Temporal Politics of Xi Jinping
October 01, 2022

Forging the ‘New Era’: The Temporal Politics of Xi Jinping

By Hugo Jones
The “new era” – connoting a fundamental historical shift – has been systematically fused with the persona of Xi in Chinese official discourse.
Former Top Graft Buster at China’s Intelligence Ministry Indicted on Bribery Charges
September 29, 2022

Former Top Graft Buster at China’s Intelligence Ministry Indicted on Bribery Charges

By Associated Press
Liu Yanping is the latest in a series of high-level officials to fall before the upcoming Party Congress.

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.

Xi Jinping: The Man Who Became China’s ‘Core’
September 13, 2022

Xi Jinping: The Man Who Became China’s ‘Core’

By Shannon Tiezzi
Stefan Aust and Adrian Geiges, authors of a new biography of Xi Jinping, discuss major takeaways about Xi’s life – and Xi’s China.
How China’s Party Congress Actually Works
September 01, 2022

How China’s Party Congress Actually Works

By Ling Li
Unpacking the institution of the National Party Congress – its essential concepts and some common misunderstandings.

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