Pursuing mutually incompatible goals: Resilient SOEs, Leading Small Group, and the Market

Written by Yukyung Yeo. The long-anticipated third plenum of the 18th Central Committee closed with two ambitious goals to achieve. According to the plenum communiqué, Chinese leaders once again desire to deepen reforms toward market-oriented economy, yet under the predominant status of SOEs in the market. A “Leading Small Group for Deepening Reform” (shenhua gaige lingdao xiaozu) …

Getting more local is fundamental to a good intergovernmental system

Written by Alfred M. Wu. The Third Plenum of the 18th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee has stirred a heated debate about the forthcoming reforms and the country’s future direction. Some argue that the plenum, parallel to that in 1978 is the beginning of the “2.0 version” of “reform and opening up”. Others are …

China’s Proposed “State Security Council”: Social Governance under Xi Jinping

Written by Samantha Hoffman and Peter Mattis. The communiqué following the Third Plenum on 12 November stated that a “State Security Committee” would be established to “perfect the national security system and national security strategy, and ensure national security.” No specific information on the plan was provided, leaving to question what form the future committee might …

Exploring the space for local governance innovation

Written by Oscar Almén. Many local government leaders around China have closely followed the third plenum looking for signs of what reforms the central leaders are likely to support. That the statements from the Central Party meetings are typically vague and packed with repetitive propaganda is not only related to CCP reluctance to offer transparency of …

China Continues Its Grand Experiment

Written by Zhengxu Wang. The Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee closed its Third Plenum on Tuesday, an event eagerly anticipated by the public and press. Right before it convened, the party’s propaganda outlets had played up the expectation that major policy breakthroughs would come from the gathering. Even Xi Jinping, the party’s general secretary and …

Xi Jinping’s Anti-corruption Campaign and the Third Plenum

Written by Andrew Hall Wedeman. A year ago, Xi Jinping assumed the office of General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CCP) in the wake of the most serious corruption scandal since 2006 when Shanghai Municipal Party Secretary Chen Liangyu was caught diverting upwards of Y40 billion (US$4.8 billion) from the municipal pension fund …

The Third Plenum: The next bold step

Written by David S. G. Goodman. The recently-concluded Third Plenum of the 18th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party  has been regarded outside China as failing to deliver on the economic (and possibly even political) reforms regarded as being needed to sustain economic growth. This judgement may prove to be correct, if perhaps premature …

China’s Third Plenum: Of Golden Equilibrium and Retreat of the State

Written by Wen-Ti Sung. China’s ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is set to host its all-important Third Plenum of the 18th Central Committee between November 9th and 12th. Expectations are high as observers await the Chinese leadership headed by President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to articulate the first comprehensive statement of their vision for …

What to expect from the Third Plenum?

Written by Linda Yueh. Will 2013 be another 1978 or at least 1993 for China? Third Plenums held in those years resulted in significant overhauls of economic policy. The Third Plenum refers to the third time that the new leaders of China lead a plenary session of the Central Committee. The current one is being billed …