China Policy Institute Blog

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 …

How to understand the succession in China?

by Steve Tsang. The 18th Party Congress scheduled to start today will determine who will be the leaders of China for the next decade.  But the people of China have no say in who will be selected, or even how they will be selected – not even the 80 million plus members of the Chinese Communist …

CCP’s anti-corruption campaign enters 63rd glorious year; still no shortage of targets

by Jackie Sheehan What is the Chinese for chutzpah? Whatever it is, He Guoqiang, outgoing head of the CCP Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, surely has it, if he can straight-facedly claim the Bo Xilai case as a sign of success for the party’s programme to root out corruption among its officials. He has headed …

Bo Xilai – a deadly case of delusion and desired defection

By Mike Bastin. While the rumors continue about Bo, his wife Gu and the death of Neil Heywood, it is surprising that the real reason for this entire saga has not yet been publicized. The real reason is not that Bo was seen as a potential threat to the current and future leadership in China, …

The Party Muddles Through

By Zhengxu Wang. Governing the very dynamic and complex Chinese society and economy has become increasingly difficult for the Chinese Communist Party. Challenges to governance abound, so much so that many are wondering whether the large number of “crises in governance” have already resulted in a real crisis in the Party’s legitimacy. A wide range …