China Policy Institute Blog

Get the Party Right

By Zhengxu Wang. China’s microblogosphere before and after the 18th party congress appeared markedly different. Before, loud voices demanded democracy, predicting that the Communist Party would drop its Mao Zedong Thought tenets and ridiculing the party’s opaque power politics in light of the recent US election. But the day the new leadership was unveiled, microblogs …

The Last Party Congress?

by Gordon G. Chang. The 18th Communist Party Congress is now in the history books.  Will it be the last? For many observers, the People’s Republic looks secure.  Yet after a troubled year—and an especially disappointing Party meeting this week—we should not be so sure. Xi Jinping and the other six members of the newly …

Question Marks and Shoes to Fall for China’s Leadership Transition

by Don Keyser. We normally take it to be axiomatic that a new leadership “selected by” a Chinese Communist Party congress does not set a clearly defined direction for the future so much as it affirms — and provides visible evidence of- the temporary resolution of complex deal-making behind the curtain. While struggle at the …

The New Leadership Line-up Favours Tested and Pragmatic Officials

by Zhengxu Wang. It’s official now. The new Politburo and its Standing Committee are out. Besides Xi Jiping and Li Keqiang, the Standing Committee includes another five men (in their ranking order): Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan, Zhang Gaoli. On the surface, this line-up shows seniority is prioritized over other criteria. The …

The Chinese economy: Impossible to rebalance?

by Michele Geraci. In the opening speech of the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China, President Hu Jin Tao announced that “On the basis of making China’s development much more balanced, coordinated and sustainable, we should double our 2010 GDP and per capita income for both urban and rural residents”  He also mentioned …

The Central Committee: how was it selected?

by Zhengxu Wang.   The Party Congress has now officially closed. Tomorrow, the new Central Committee will hold its first Plenum, and “elects” a new Politburo and the Standing Committee of the Politburo. It is a good time to understand how the Party Congress really works. In times of the internet and social media, previously …

The New Central Committee: Bad News for the Party

 By Zhengxu Wang. The Party Congress has now released the member list of the new Central Committee, which includes 205 full members and  171 alternate members. Meanwhile, the list of 130 Central Disciplinary Committee (CDC) members has also been released. The most important piece of news at this moment seems to be that the name …

New Chinese Leaders Should Burn Their Three Fires (2)

By Shujie Yao. Besides achieving sustainable and equitable increase in people’s living standards, the new leaders that will emerge at this Party Congress need to clean up both China’s psychical environment and its gigantic government system. Corruption is the evil of evils in China. In the last five years, over 660,000 party and state officials …

New Chinese Leaders Should Burn Their Three Fires (1)

by Shujie Yao. “The traditional Chinese metaphor, which implies that new leaders must tend to three big things, or burn three fires, refers to the effort by new leaders to win the heart of the people and to distinguish themselves from their predecessors. The three fires for the new leaders emerging at the Party Congress …

The Enduring Ideological Monism of the Chinese Communist Party

 By Giorgio Strafella. In his last article on this blog, Dr Wang Zhengxu examines the coming changes in the CCP Constitution to prove the CCP’s “continuous evolution toward a normal, secular, governing party.” The current Party Constitution, dated 2002, does not include Hu Jintao’s contribution, “the Scientific Outlook on Development,” which will be added after …