China Policy Institute Blog

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 …

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 …