China Policy Institute Blog

China’s non-interference policy: PRC leaders and the realist perspective

Written by Edward Friedman. How would a realist IR theorist describe the purposes and actual behavior in a CCP claim that PRC foreign policy is premised on a principle of non-interference? How would a PRC leader comment on the realist analysis? From a realist IR perspective, “the strong do what they will; the weak do what they …

Zero tolerance of corruption, but who’s first for investigation?

Written by Jackie Sheehan. Premier Li Keqiang stressed in his speech at the just-closed National People’s Congress that corruption under the Xi-Li leadership will have “nowhere to hide” in China, and that seniority will be no protection: “No matter who or how senior an official is, if they violate Party discipline and the law, they …

Xi Jinping’s Tiger Hunt

Written by Andrew Hall Wedeman. The Communist Party of China has been grappling with corruption almost from its birth. It has waged major anti-corruption campaigns repeatedly and routinely prosecutes substantial numbers of officials. Between 1997 and 2012 the Supreme People’s Procuratorate reported that it indicted 550,000 individuals on either corruption or dereliction of duty charges, …

The Middle Dream

Written by Lauren Johnston. Soon after becoming Chinese President in November 2012 Xi Jinping spoke of his belief that “The Great Revival of the Chinese nation is the greatest Chinese dream”. Attempts to understand the concept of “Chinese dream”, inside and outside of China, have followed extensively since. This post reflects on the evolution of …

When will Xi Jinping bag a tiger?

Written by Yuwen Deng and Jonathan Sullivan. Whispers surrounding President Xi Jinping’s ‘tiger hunt’ (a metaphor for going after high level corrupt officials) have been circulating ever since he assumed the top positions in party and state in 2012. In recent days many Chinese language media outlets outside of China have reported that Xi’s tiger …

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 …

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 …

Third Plenum report: Business as Usual?

Written by Kerry Brown. When we think of political meetings in the west – conventions or party conferences – we tend to try to work out what the interests of the people participating are, and what they are able to take away from the decisions of the meeting back to their various constituencies and networks …

Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang: The First Year

Written by Zhengxu Wang. Soon, Xi Jinping and the rest of the Central Politburo Standing Committee will have occupied China’s top leadership positions for one year. This anniversary of sorts marks an opportune time to appraise the opening performances of Party leader Xi Jinping and State Councilor Premier Li Keqiang. From the outset the new …