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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Spring 2018 Issue 56

Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy

Chinese Views on the U.S. National Security and National Defense Strategies

by Michael D. Swainevia China Leadership Monitor
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Trump administration’s recent U.S. National Security and National Defense Strategies have drawn strong criticisms from the Chinese and have increased tensions in the U.S.-China relationship.

Military Affairs
Military Affairs

And Then There Were Seven: The New, Slimmed-Down Central Military Commission

by James Mulvenonvia China Leadership Monitor
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

In October 2017 at the first plenary session of the 19th Central Committee, Chinese state media announced the lineup of the new Central Military Commission (CMC). 

Economic Policy
Economic Policy

Xi’s System, Xi’s Men: After the March 2018 National People’s Congress

by Barry Naughtonvia China Leadership Monitor
Thursday, May 17, 2018

The National People’s Congress meeting in March launched a significant administrative reorganization and approved the appointment of a new generation of economic technocrats.

Political Reform and Governance
Political Reform and Governance

Central and Regional Leadership for Xinjiang Policy in Xi’s Second Term

by Jessica Batkevia China Leadership Monitor
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

After the 19th Party Congress last fall and the recent “two meetings” in March, the party-state has now completed its quinquennial leadership turnover and announced a major restructuring of a number of party and state entities.

Party Affairs
Party Affairs

Only Socialism Can Save China; Only Xi Jinping Can Save Socialism

by Alice L. Millervia China Leadership Monitor
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The abolition of constitutional term limits on the post of PRC president has attracted more attention than usually attends Chinese leadership politics, and sparked a flood of speculation about the purposes of Xi Jinping in engineering it.

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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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by Cheng Li 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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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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China-Taiwan-United States

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. 

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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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Issue no. 46 of the China Leadership Monitor is available online.

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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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.