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Monday, September 11, 2017

Fall 2017 Issue 54

Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy

Chinese Attitudes Toward The U.S. Withdrawal From The Paris Climate Accords

by Michael D. Swainevia China Leadership Monitor
Monday, September 11, 2017

China’s leaders strongly oppose President Donald J. Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accords.

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China-Taiwan-United States

Cross-Strait Relations: Skepticism Abounds

by Alan D. Rombergvia China Leadership Monitor
Monday, September 11, 2017

Whether the issue is internal splits within Taiwan’s two major political parties or Beijing’s view of the parties and their leaders, the predominating mood today is skepticism. 

Military Affairs
Military Affairs

Oh Fang, Where Art Thou? Xi Jinping and the PLA’s 90th Anniversary

by James Mulvenonvia China Leadership Monitor
Monday, September 11, 2017

As the Chinese Communist Party heads into the 19th Party Congress in October, Xi Jinping’s speech commemorating the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army was notable both for what he said and what he did not say.

Economic Policy
Economic Policy

The General Secretary’s Extended Reach: Xi Jinping Combines Economics and Politics

by Barry Naughtonvia China Leadership Monitor
Monday, September 11, 2017

Xi Jinping has seized the initiative in economic policy, making himself the dominant actor in financial regulation and environmental policy, among other areas. 

Political Reform and Governance
Political Reform and Governance

A Cadre by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet? Domestic Policy Trajectory after the 19th Party Congress

by Jessica Batkevia China Leadership Monitor
Monday, September 11, 2017

In advance of the leadership reshuffle this fall, with five of seven Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) members expected to vacate their seats, observers’ focus is trained on the top candidates for advancement and the intense competition between them.

Party Affairs
Party Affairs

Xi Jinping And The Party’s “Guiding Ideology”

by Alice L. Millervia China Leadership Monitor
Monday, September 11, 2017

As the 19th Party Congress approaches, there is widespread speculation that the party constitution will be revised to incorporate concepts associated with party General Secretary Xi Jinping as part of the party’s authoritative “guiding ideology.”

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Winter 2011: Issue 34

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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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Monday, June 28, 2010

Summer 2010: Issue 33

Foreign Policy

by Michael D. Swaine Monday, June 28, 2010
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China-Taiwan-United States

by Alan D. Romberg Monday, June 28, 2010
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Military Affairs

by James Mulvenon Monday, June 28, 2010
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Political Reform

by Joseph Fewsmith Monday, June 28, 2010
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Economic Policy

by Barry Naughton Monday, June 28, 2010
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Party Affairs

by Alice L. Miller Monday, June 28, 2010
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The Provinces

by Cheng Li Monday, June 28, 2010
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Spring 2010: Issue 32

Foreign Policy

by Michael D. Swaine Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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China-Taiwan-United States

by Alan D. Romberg Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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Military Affairs

by James Mulvenon Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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Political Reform

by Joseph Fewsmith Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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Economic Policy

by Barry Naughton Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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Party Affairs

by Alice L. Miller Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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The Provinces

by Cheng Li Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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Monday, February 15, 2010

Winter 2010: Issue 31

Foreign Policy

by Michael D. Swaine Monday, February 15, 2010
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PRC-Tawain-United States

by Alan D. Romberg Monday, February 15, 2010
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Military Affairs

by James Mulvenon Monday, February 15, 2010
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Political Reform

by Joseph Fewsmith Monday, February 15, 2010
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Economic Policy

by Barry Naughton Monday, February 15, 2010
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Party Affairs

by Alice L. Miller Monday, February 15, 2010
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The Provinces

by Cheng Li Monday, February 15, 2010
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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.

Beijing, China
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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Party Affairs

What They Did on Their Summer Vacation

by Alice L. Millervia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

As some members of the Xi Jinping leadership retreated to the seaside summer resort at Beidaihe, several events and trends converged in anticipation of a Central Committee plenum later this fall.  

Economic Policy

It’s All in the Execution: Struggling with the Reform Agenda

by Barry Naughtonvia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

China’s authoritative leadership small groups have met and struggled to define priorities within China’s broad reform agenda.  

Beijing, China
Military Affairs

Lawyers, Guns and Money: The Coming Show Trial of General Xu Caihou

by James Mulvenonvia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

On 30 June 2014, the Chinese Communist Party expelled former Politburo member and Central Military Commission vice-chair Xu Caihou for corruption following a three-month investigation. 

China-Taiwan-United States

Cross-Strait Relations: Portrayals of Consistency: Calm on the Surface, Paddling Like Hell Underneath

by Alan D. Rombergvia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

While in reality adjusting to an evolving situation both on Taiwan and in cross-Strait relations over the past few months, all parties have sought to portray their approaches as consistent and undisturbed by “some situations” that could have thrown things off course.

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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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