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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Spring 2017 Issue 53

Foreign Policy
US-China Relations
Foreign Policy

Chinese Views on the Trump Administration’s Asia Policy

by Michael D. Swainevia China Leadership Monitor
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Chinese commentary on the Trump administration’s foreign policy has avoided making hostile responses to what Beijing may regard as notable U.S. provocations. 

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China-Taiwan-United States

Cross-Strait Relations: Marking Time

by Alan D. Rombergvia China Leadership Monitor
Thursday, May 25, 2017

There have been no dramatic developments in cross-Strait relations of late. Instead, Beijing continues its steady pressure on the Taiwan authorities while courting private interests. 

Military Affairs
Military Affairs

“Safeguarding the Core and Following Commands”: Party-Army Relations Before the 19th Party Congress

by James Mulvenonvia China Leadership Monitor
Thursday, May 25, 2017

In the run-up to the 19th Party Congress, scheduled for the fall of 2017, an important phrase appeared in Chinese military propaganda, exhorting the rank and file to “safeguard the core and follow commands.”

Economic Policy
Economic Policy

The Regulatory Storm: A Surprising Turn in Financial Policy

by Barry Naughtonvia China Leadership Monitor
Thursday, May 25, 2017

A surprisingly strong and concerted regulatory effort is shaking up the Chinese financial sector. 

Political Reform and Governance
Political Reform and Governance

The National People’s Congress in 2017: Security, Ideology, and Experimentation

by Jessica Batkevia China Leadership Monitor
Thursday, May 25, 2017

A review of the work performed over the past few years by the National People’s Congress and its Standing Committee—the body that “turns the party’s propositions into the will of the state”—can provide a clear synopsis of the Chinese Communist Party’s governance priorities. 

Party Affairs
Party Affairs

How to Read Xi Jinping’s 19th Party Congress Political Report

by Alice L. Millervia China Leadership Monitor
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Following longstanding procedures, General Secretary Xi Jinping will deliver a long political report at the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th National Congress next fall. 

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E.g., 8 / 22 / 2017
Friday, January 6, 2012

Winter 2012: Issue 36

Foreign Policy

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China-Taiwan-United States

by Alan D. Romberg Friday, January 6, 2012
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Military Affairs

by James Mulvenon, Leigh Ann Ragland Friday, January 6, 2012
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Political Reform

by Joseph Fewsmith Friday, January 6, 2012
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Economic Policy

by Barry Naughton Friday, January 6, 2012
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Special Topic: Preparing for the 18th Party Congress

by Alice L. Miller Friday, January 6, 2012
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Summer 2011: Issue 35

Foreign Policy

by Michael D. Swaine, M. Taylor Fravel Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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China-Taiwan-United States

by Alan D. Romberg Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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Military Affairs

by James Mulvenon Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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Political Reform

by Joseph Fewsmith Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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Economic Policy

by Barry Naughton Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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Party Affairs

by Alice L. Miller Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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The Provinces

by Cheng Li Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Winter 2011: Issue 34

Foreign Policy

by Michael D. Swaine Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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China-Taiwan-United States

by Alan D. Romberg Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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Military Affairs

by James Mulvenon Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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Political Reform

by Joseph Fewsmith Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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Economic Policy

by Barry Naughton Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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Party Affairs

by Alice L. Miller Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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The Provinces

by Cheng Li Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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Foreign Policy

Chinese Views and Commentary on the “One Belt, One Road”

by Michael D. Swainevia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The One Belt, One Road initiative offers considerable potential in several economic, political, cultural, and strategic realms; it also presents many uncertainties and potential concerns. 

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The Provinces

Xi Jinping’s Inner Circle--Part 4: The Mishu Cluster I

by Cheng Livia China Leadership Monitor
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Xi’s personal assistants, both previous and current, constitute a major cluster of his inner circle.

October 1, 1949, Celebrations
Party Affairs

The Trouble with Factions

by Alice L. Millervia China Leadership Monitor
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Recent Politburo discussion of the problem of factions in the Chinese Communist Party prompts assessment of the characteristics and conduct of factionalism in contemporary PRC leadership politics.

Political Reform

China’s Political Ecology and the Fight against Corruption

by Joseph Fewsmithvia China Leadership Monitor
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Since the 18th Party Congress convened in November 2012, China has undertaken a wide-ranging campaign against corruption.

Economic Policy

Is There a “Xi Model” of Economic Reform?--Acceleration of Economic Reform since Fall 2014

by Barry Naughtonvia China Leadership Monitor
Thursday, March 19, 2015

China’s economic reform took major steps forward beginning in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Military Affairs

Hotel Gutian: We Haven’t Had That Spirit Here Since 1929

by James Mulvenonvia China Leadership Monitor
Thursday, March 19, 2015

In November 2014, Central Military Commission Chairman Xi Jinping used the occasion of the 85th anniversary of the 1929 Gutian Conference to convene a critical meeting on political work in the People’s Liberation Army.

China-Taiwan-United States

Cross-Strait Relations: The Times They Are A-Changin’

by Alan D. Rombergvia China Leadership Monitor
Thursday, March 19, 2015

If Beijing was surprised by the extent of public support in Taiwan for the “Sunflower Movement” last spring, along with everyone else they were stunned by the extent of the KMT debacle in the November 29, 2014 “9-in-1” local elections.

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Foreign Policy

Xi Jinping’s Address to the Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs: Assessing and Advancing Major Power Diplomacy with Chinese Characteristics

by Michael D. Swainevia China Leadership Monitor
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Xi Jinping’s speech before the Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs—held from November 28-29, 2014 in Beijing—marks the most comprehensive expression yet of the current Chinese leadership’s more activist and security-oriented approach to PRC diplomacy.

The Provinces

Xi Jinping’s Inner Circle—Part 3: Political Protégés from the Provinces

by Cheng Livia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Throughout the reform area, top Chinese leaders have usually risen to their positions after gaining substantial experience as provincial-level leaders. 

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The China Leadership Monitor seeks to inform the American foreign policy community about current trends in China's leadership politics and in its foreign and domestic policies. The Monitor proceeds on the premise that as China's importance in international affairs grows, American policy-makers and the broader policy-interested public increasingly need analysis of politics among China's leadership that is accurate, comprehensive, systematic, current, and relevant to major areas of interest to the United States.

China Leadership Monitor analysis rests heavily on traditional China-watching methods of interpreting information in China's state-controlled media. Use of these methods was once universal among specialists in contemporary Chinese affairs. Although the use of these methods has declined as opportunities to study China using other approaches have opened up in recent decades, their value in following politics among China's top leadership has not. Monitor analysis also brings to bear some of the new avenues of information and insight that have opened up since the normalization of U.S.-China relations and China's policy "opening to the outside world" in the late 1970s.

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The China Leadership Monitor is sponsored by the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. Its general editor is Hoover Institution research fellow Alice Miller.