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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., 6 / 27 / 2017
Friday, June 7, 2013

Spring 2013: Issue 41

Foreign Policy

by Michael D. Swaine Thursday, June 6, 2013
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China-Taiwan-United States

by Alan D. Romberg Thursday, June 6, 2013
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Military Affairs

by James Mulvenon Thursday, June 6, 2013
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Political Reform

by Joseph Fewsmith Thursday, June 6, 2013
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Economic Policy

by Barry Naughton Thursday, June 6, 2013
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Party Affairs

by Alice L. Miller Thursday, June 6, 2013
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The Provinces

by Cheng Li Thursday, June 6, 2013
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Monday, January 14, 2013

Winter 2013: Issue 40

Foreign Policy

by Michael D. Swaine Monday, January 14, 2013
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China-Taiwan-United States

by Alan D. Romberg Monday, January 14, 2013
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Military Affairs

by James Mulvenon Monday, January 14, 2013
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Political Reform

by Joseph Fewsmith Monday, January 14, 2013
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Economic Policy

by Barry Naughton Monday, January 14, 2013
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Party Affairs

by Alice L. Miller Monday, January 14, 2013
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Monday, October 1, 2012

Fall 2012: Issue 39

Foreign Policy

by Michael D. Swaine Monday, October 1, 2012
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China-Taiwan-United States

by Alan D. Romberg Monday, October 1, 2012
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Military Affairs

by James Mulvenon Monday, October 1, 2012
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Political Reform

by Joseph Fewsmith Monday, October 1, 2012
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Economic Policy

by Barry Naughton Monday, October 1, 2012
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Party Affairs

by Alice L. Miller Monday, October 1, 2012
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The Provinces

by Cheng Li Monday, October 1, 2012
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by Cheng Li Monday, October 29, 2012
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Monday, August 6, 2012

Summer 2012: Issue 38

Foreign Policy

by Michael D. Swaine Monday, August 6, 2012
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China-Taiwan-United States

by Alan D. Romberg Monday, August 6, 2012
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Military Affairs

by James Mulvenon Monday, August 6, 2012
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Political Reform

by Joseph Fewsmith Monday, August 6, 2012
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Economic Policy

by Barry Naughton Monday, August 6, 2012
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Party Affairs

by Alice L. Miller Monday, August 6, 2012
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The Provinces

by Cheng Li Monday, August 6, 2012
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Economic Policy

Reform Agenda In Turmoil: Can Policy-Makers Regain The Initiative?

by Barry Naughtonvia China Leadership Monitor
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The stock market turmoil in China revealed a certain amount of disarray in the top-down economic policy process designed by the Third Plenum. 

Military Affairs

Promoting “Young Guards”:
The Recent High Turnover In The PLA Leadership (Part I: Purges And Reshuffles)

by Cheng Livia China Leadership Monitor
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A key component in Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power has centered on the military domain. 

Beijing, China
Military Affairs

So Crooked They Have To Screw Their Pants On—Part 3: The Guo Boxiong Edition

by James Mulvenonvia China Leadership Monitor
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

On 30 July, the Central Committee announced that General Guo Boxiong, who served as vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission between 2002 and 2012, was expelled from the Chinese Communist Party and handed over to prosecutors for accepting bribes. 

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Consolidating Positions

by Alan D. Rombergvia China Leadership Monitor
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

In recent weeks, candidates in Taiwan’s forthcoming presidential election have focused on consolidating their positions.

Foreign Policy

Xi Jinping On Chinese Foreign Relations: The Governance Of China And Chinese Commentary

by Michael D. Swainevia China Leadership Monitor
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Governance of China is an official compilation of speeches, conversations, and instructions by current PRC President and CPC General Secretary Xi Jinping on a wide range of topics relating to Chinese governance.

Beijing, China
The Provinces

Xi Jinping’s Inner Circle—Part 5: The Mishu Cluster II

by Cheng Livia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Xi Jinping’s personal assistants (mishu), both previous and current, constitute a major cluster among his inner circle. Because of their very close working relationship with Xi, they are often among his most trusted confidants. 

Party Affairs

Politburo Processes Under Xi Jinping

by Alice L. Millervia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

As described in PRC media, the workings of the Chinese Communist Party’s Politburo under General Secretary Xi Jinping closely follow patterns set down during the 10-year tenure of his predecessor Hu Jintao.

Economic Policy

Local Debt Restructuring: A Case of Ongoing Authoritarian Reform

by Barry Naughtonvia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Local debt restructuring is a key part of the ambitious fiscal reforms proposed by Minister of Finance Lou Jiwei. 

Military Affairs

The Yuan Stops Here: Xi Jinping and the “CMC Chairman Responsibility System”

by James Mulvenonvia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Xi Jinping era has been marked by a greater degree of personalized command, sometimes veering toward cult of personality, than any leadership period since the death of Mao Zedong. 

China-Taiwan-United States

Squaring the Circle: Adhering to Principle, Embracing Ambiguity

by Alan D. Rombergvia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Although the ruling Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang or KMT) is scheduled to name its presidential candidate in mid-June, the campaign has been well under way since late spring. 

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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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