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A ‘Dream Come True’ For Communist Ideologist Behind Three Chinese Presidents

The Communist Party’s principal theorist, Wang Huning, is odds-on to climb to the top rung on the ladder, the Politburo Standing Committee, when the party unveils its new leadership line-up next Wednesday. A distinguished scholar-politician who has helped shape the official party ideology for three presidents – Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping – Wang’s elevation may come as a surprise to some because the party traditionally prefers members of its highest decision-making body to have been hands-on managers of one or two provinces.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

Ex-Leaders’ Influence ‘wanes’ At Secretive Chinese Communist Party Summer Getaway

The influence of Chinese Communist Party elders appeared to be on the wane at the key annual summer conclave this year, sources said, underscoring President Xi Jinping’s dominance as he makes final preparations for his second term in office.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

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The Limits of Chinese Soft Power

China has been making major efforts to increase its ability to influence other countries without force or coercion. In 2007, then-President Hu Jintao told the Communist Party that the country needed to increase its soft power; President Xi Jinping repeated the same message last year. They know that, for a country like China, whose growing economic and military power risks scaring its neighbors into forming counter-balancing coalitions, a smart strategy must include efforts to appear less frightening. But their soft-power ambitions still face major obstacles.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

Caging China’s Corrupt “Tigers”

China has launched a formal investigation against Zhou Yongkang, a former member of the Politburo Standing Committee, China’s top decision-making body.

Widespread corruption inside the Chinese Communist Party has raised serious questions about the efficacy of its self-regulation. While persistent housecleaning is conducive to the CPC’s image and legitimacy, well-thought-out mechanisms are a more reliable solution, and will do the job much better.

Read Here – China Daily

Xi Strengthens His Hands, And How

In the 12 months since Xi Jinping assumed the presidency of China, he has amassed more power more swiftly than any Chinese leader since Deng Xiaoping, foreshadowing changes in the way China governs itself and deals with the rest of the world.

Read Here – Businessweek

Xi And China’s Foreign Policy

Xi has given a lot of attention to foreign policy, and allocates a substantial portion of his time to diplomacy. So what will Xi Jinping’s diplomacy be – and how will it differ from his predecessor, former President Hu Jintao?

Read Here – The Diplomat

Will The Third Plenum Bring More Gaige Kaifang To China?

So what is likely to come out of the party meeting? There will probably be few specifics about what shape individual policies may take. But there will be no dearth of broad statements by top leaders, including Party Secretary Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, laying out long-term goals for the country.

Read Here – BusinessWeek

In China, Xi Is Supreme

In the six months since he took over as General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Xi Jinping has accumulated more power and more personal authority than any Chinese leader since Mao Zedong, the founder of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) whom Xi often quotes. Even Deng Xiaoping had to contend with a large group of conservatives at the top of the party, from 1977 to 1984, and was increasingly unable to quell the infighting of different political factions after that date.

Read Here – European Council On Foreign Relations

Does China Have A Strategy?

As Xi Jinping and China’s other new leaders begin their tenure, Beijing‘s behavior strongly suggests that although they may have strategic goals, China has no strategy for achieving them. Beijing continues to follow a development model it has outgrown and pursues an assertive, zero-sum foreign policy that is counter to its long-term interests.

Read Here – Asia Times

Why the China Dream Might Be a Mirage: William Pesak

If global economists are distraught over the gloomy numbers coming out of China, imagine how Xi Jinping must feel.

China’s president, officially in the post for barely a month, is still consolidating his power. At home, he confronts a widening rich-poor gap and endemic pollution, not to mention bird flu and rivers overrun with dead pigs. Abroad, China’s erstwhile ally North Korea is looking increasingly unhinged. Now Xi faces intense pressure to retool the Chinese economy if he wants to build on gains the Communist Party has delivered over the last 30 years.

Read Here – Bloomberg

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