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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Winter 2018 Issue 55

Contributing Commentator
Contributing Commentator

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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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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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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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. 

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.

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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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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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