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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

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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

The Dust Settles

LESS than a week after the biggest shuffle of China’s leaders in a decade, the prime-minister-in-waiting, Li Keqiang, set tongues wagging with a speech about the country’s economic development. A government news-agency gushed that if his words could be summed up in four syllables, they would be “reform, reform”; if in six, then “reform, reform, reform”. If only reading the tea leaves were that easy.

Mr Li, now a deputy prime minister, has officially to wait until the annual session in March of China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress (NPC), to become prime minister. But the Communist Party has already in effect given him the post. The outgoing prime minister, Wen Jiabao, having stepped down from the ruling Politburo earlier this month, is a lame duck. During a visit to Thailand on November 20th he told a group of overseas Chinese that he hoped people would forget about him. After revelations in the New York Times about colossal wealth amassed by his family during his premiership, Mr Wen has good reason to wish for a low-profile retirement.

Read Here – The Economist

Xi Warns of Regime’s Demise Unless China Tackles Graft

Xi Jinping, the new head of China’s ruling Communist Party, told his fellow leaders that unless they address corruption social unrest may rise and it could lead to the demise of the party.

“The preponderance of facts tell us that the more severe the corruption problem becomes, it will ultimately lead the party and the nation to perish!” Xi told members of the ruling Politburo on Nov. 17 in remarks published yesterday in the People’s Daily, the party newspaper. “We must be vigilant!”

Xi’s comments came two days after he took over leadership of the 82-million member party from Hu Jintao, who is also expected to turn over the state presidency to Xi in March. The Communist Party was rocked by the biggest political scandal in a generation this year with the ouster of Bo Xilai from the Politburo in April and the conviction in August of his wife for the murder of a British businessman.

Read Here – Bloomberg

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