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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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E.g., 7 / 18 / 2018
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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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fall 2009: Issue 30

Special Topic: The Fourth Plenum (Military Affairs)

by James Mulvenon Thursday, November 19, 2009
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Special Topic: The Fourth Plenum (Party Affairs)

by Alice L. Miller Thursday, November 19, 2009
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Special Topic: The Fourth Plenum (Provinces)

by Cheng Li Thursday, November 19, 2009
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Foreign Policy

by Michael D. Swaine Thursday, November 19, 2009
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PRC-Tawain-United States

by Alan D. Romberg Thursday, November 19, 2009
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Political Reform

by Joseph Fewsmith Thursday, November 19, 2009
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Economic Policy

by Barry Naughton Thursday, November 19, 2009
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Summer 2009: Issue 29

PRC-Tawain-United States

by Alan D. Romberg Tuesday, August 11, 2009
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Military Affairs

by James Mulvenon Tuesday, August 11, 2009
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Political Reform

by Joseph Fewsmith Tuesday, August 11, 2009
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Economic Policy

by Barry Naughton Tuesday, August 11, 2009
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Party Affairs

by Alice L. Miller Tuesday, August 11, 2009
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The Provinces

by Cheng Li Tuesday, August 11, 2009
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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.

Mao Zedong Oration in Yan’an, circa 1937
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. 

Great Wall of China
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. 

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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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