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China President Xi Jinping Breaks From Convention And Upholds Tradition While Shuffling His Deck For The Next Five Years … Or More

The Communist Party of China unveiled its new leadership, with perhaps the most notable points being the retirement of anti-graft chief Wang Qishan and the exclusion from the Politburo Standing Committee of anyone who would still be young enough to take over from President Xi Jinping in five years’ time.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

Xi Jinping shakes up China’s military leadership

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Confident Xi Reaches Out To Trusted Colleagues

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will stay on as head of government for another term while President Xi Jinping’s name will be enshrined in the Communist Party’s charter alongside those of late leaders Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping…

Read Here – South China Morning Post

China’s Xi Digs In For The Long Haul

File photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping will enter the Chinese Communist Party’s national congress in Beijing on Oct. 18 as the country’s most powerful leader in decades. When it is over, he hopes to emerge as the Mao Zedong of the 21st century. In the five years since the last party congress, when he was named general secretary, Xi has greatly expanded the powers of his office. He has fortified his political position by ruthlessly deploying an “anti-corruption” campaign that has snared acquisitive billionaires, rival party members and local government officials.

Read Here – Nikkei Asian Review

A Guide to the Secretive Resort Meeting For China’s Political Elite

Sometime in the next few days, President Xi Jinping will probably decamp to a seaside resort on China’s northeastern coast for a key Communist Party conclave before a twice-a-decade leadership shuffle. The annual meeting in Beidaihe, a summer retreat for China’s most powerful leaders since the 1950s, is one of the last chances for party elders to weigh in on the lineup to rule the country for the next five years. The names will be revealed at the 19th Party Congress, which is likely to take place in October or November.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Downfall Of Chinese Rising Star Points To Xi Power Play

The fall from grace of a rising star in China’s Communist Party sheds light on how a reshuffle of the country’s top officials may play out under the leadership of President Xi Jinping later this year. Sun Zhengcai, 53, the youngest member of the ruling Politburo, was replaced as party chief of the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing. He is under investigation for violating party regulations, according to four officials with knowledge of the matter.

Read Here – Bloomberg

The Great China Crackdown Is Here

China is experiencing the most sustained domestic political crackdown since Tiananmen Square. Much attention has been devoted to the increasing state repression being directed at lawyers, journalists and civil society activists. But there is a separate and more fundamental concern.

Read Here – The National Interest

5 Colossal Events That Changed China Forever

As Shakespeare reminds us, “what’s past is prologue.” This is especially the case with China, a nation with a continuous written history spanning three millennia. In particular, knowledge of five major historical events is essential to fully understanding contemporary Chinese politics and foreign policy.

Read Here – The National Interest

Surrounded By Democracy

(The change in Sri Lanka) marks the third big Asian election in the last 12 months in which voters have installed a new leader: first in India, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi thumped the incumbent Congress Party; then Indonesia, where Joko Widodo, an outsider, won over voters with his record of competence as governor of Jakarta; and now Maithripala Sirisena’s upset victory in Sri Lanka. That kind of turnover at the top must give pause to China’s Communist Party leaders, who see the mandate of heaven as an institutional birthright.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Why Are They Killing Themselves?

A spate of suicides among officials in China has caught the country’s attention. Beijing’s censors have quickly moved to end speculation about the deaths, indicating the Communist Party’s sensitivity, but everyday people remain suspicious.

Read Here – WorldAffairsJournal

Xi Jinping’s Chinese Dream

Three weeks in, the new administration of Xi Jinping has already begun work on a major project that represents a sharp break from the Hu administration: spin.

Xi’s speeches and appearances of the past month have drawn a sharp contrast with his predecessor’s studied lack of personality.  His public speeches as leader of the Party have been brief and given in plain Chinese – a sharp contrast to Hu Jintao, who often seemed to have no existence outside state ceremonies and to speak no language other than the Party’s socialist theory jargon.

This was dramatically illustrated last Tuesday as Xi spoke to the press after touring the National Museum’s “Road to Revival” exhibit – speaking in a casual setting, surrounded by his Standing Committee colleagues in windbreakers.

This new tone is not a matter of personal style – the entire Party is being strongly encouraged to follow suit in “waging war against formalism and bureaucracy,” as an editorial from the official Xinhua news agency noted  The People’s Daily likewise devoted days of coverage to an alleged outpouring of popular enthusiasm for a phrase from Xi’s gallery speech, “the Chinese dream.”

Read Here – The Diplomat

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