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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Winter 2018 Issue 55

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The 19th Party Congress: Ringing in Xi Jinping’s New Age

by Joseph Fewsmithvia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The 19th Party Congress and the First Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee that immediately followed the congress endorsed sweeping changes in China’s leadership, including the makeup of the Politburo and its standing committee.

Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy

Chinese Views of Foreign Policy in the 19th Party Congress

by Michael D. Swainevia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Foreign policy priorities and initiatives addressed at the 19th Party Congress confirm the end of China’s “hide and bide” period and demonstrate its growing interest in becoming a more influential player on the world stage.

Military Affairs
Military Affairs

The Cult of Xi and the Rise of the CMC Chairman Responsibility System

by James Mulvenonvia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Analyst coverage of the recent 19th Party Congress has emphasized the “cult of Xi” and the lack of a designated successor among the new civilian leadership team, as well as the ideological and normative content of the Central Committee work report delivered by party chief Xi Jinping. 

Economic Policy
Economic Policy

Economic Policy in the Aftermath of the 19th Party Congress

by Barry Naughtonvia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Before the 19th Party Congress, economic policy was highly focused on ensuring a favorable environment for the congress.

Political Reform and Governance
Political Reform and Governance

Party All the Time: Governance and Society in the New Era

by Jessica Batkevia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The 19th Party Congress provided further testament to the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to suffuse itself into all aspects of society and government. 

Party Affairs
Party Affairs

The 19th Central Committee Politburo

by Alice L. Millervia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The 19th CCP Congress and the new Central Committee it elected followed longstanding norms in appointing a new party Politburo. 

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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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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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Friday, January 6, 2012

Winter 2012: Issue 36

Foreign Policy

by Michael D. Swaine Friday, January 6, 2012
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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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by Cheng Li Friday, January 6, 2012
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Foreign Policy

Chinese Views on Global Governance Since 2008–9: Not Much New

by Michael D. Swainevia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

China’s ideology of global governance shows much continuity between the pre- and post-2008–9 periods. Authoritative Chinese views all generally indicate that China’s proposed changes to the existing international order—such as reforms to correct “unjust” arrangements, strengthen the influence of developing countries, expand the idea of state sovereignty into new areas of state behaviors, and buttress the equality of sovereignty—are adjustments only, not radical acts departing from it. 

Party Affairs

The 18th Central Committee Leadership With Comrade Xi Jinping As General Secretary

by Alice L. Millervia China Leadership Monitor
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Authoritative party documents refer to the prescribed dynamic of elite politics in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as its “collective leadership system.” 

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. 

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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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