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China’s Crown Theorist

When, on October 25, 2017, seven men in black suits filed on stage in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People to announce themselves as members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s Politburo Standing Committee, only one face came as a surprise. It was that of Wang Huning, a longtime party ideologist and former professor of international politics at Fudan University in Shanghai.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs


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

Will The Communist Party Give China’s Top Diplomat More Say?

As Beijing scrambles to wrap up preparations for China’s quinquennial leadership reshuffle this month, calls have been mounting for the head of the country’s foreign policy establishment to be elevated into the Communist Party’s top echelon of power.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

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

China Leaders To Meet In November To Back Reforms

Senior Party members will meet in November in Beijing to discuss deepening reforms, and experts said they expect the meeting to set China’s economic agenda.

The decision to hold the Third Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee was made at a meeting of the Party’s political bureau on Tuesday, which adopted plans for streamlining local government, and preventing and punishing corruption over the next four years.

Read Here – China Daily

The Big Bo Trial

Bo Xilai, the former Politburo member charged with bribery and abuse of power, will go on trial on Aug. 22, bringing the Communist Party’s gravest scandal in more than 20 years a step closer to its conclusion. Bo will face trial in the eastern Chinese city of Jinan in Shandong province, the official Xinhua News Agency said. He will face charges of bribery, graft and abuse of power, according to Xinhua.

Read Here – Bloomberg

The Next Leap Forward For China

On June 20 of last year, two and a half months after disgraced former Chongqing Communist Party Chief Bo Xilai was dropped from the Politburo, another member of China’s elite 25-man decision-making body was all smiles in the southern city of Dongguan.

During a tour of the bustling factory city, one of the most overt symbols of China’s experiments with capitalism thus far, the then Guangdong province party chief Wang Yang waxed lyrical about his plans to tackle the province’s spiraling crime and economic malaise.

Read Here – The Diplomat

The Myth of Xi Jinping’s “New” Leadership

As China prepares to finalize the leadership transition that began last November and will conclude in March, there is no shortage of proposals for world leaders to engage China’s new leader Xi Jinping as the foundation for the future of relations with China. The idea is to get in “on the ground floor” as Xi takes over from Chinese President Hu Jintao, who will give up his last title to Xi at the National People’s Congress in March. The problem, however, is that opening was five years ago when Xi made the Politburo Standing Committee

Read Here – The Diplomat

China’s New Militancy

“We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully—not because we are naïve about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear,”President Obama said in his second inaugural address.

How exactly does the international community “engage” hostile states?  Take China, for instance.

Xi Jinping, named Communist Party general secretary in November, reflects a new militancy.  On Tuesday, he delivered a hard-edged speech to the Politburo in which he effectively ruled out compromise on territorial and security issues.  His tough words were in keeping with the ever-more strident tones of his messages to the People’s Liberation Army about being ready to plan, fight, and win wars.

Read Here – The Diplomat

‘Little Hu’ Takes Over Party Post in China’s Guangdong Province

Hu Chunhua, the second-youngest member of the Communist Party’s new Politburo, was appointed party boss of Guangdong, the southern manufacturing hub that has China’s biggest provincial economy.

Hu, 49, replaces Wang Yang, a fellow Politburo member whose new post hasn’t been announced, the Xinhua News Agency said yesterday. Wang appeared publicly earlier this month when he hosted the party’s new general secretary, Vice President Xi Jinping, on a tour of the region. Formerly party secretary of Inner Mongolia province, Hu may become a top leader in the country’s political transition a decade from now, according to political analysts including Bo Zhiyue, senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore’s East Asia Institute. His nickname is “Little Hu” for his close ties to Xi’s predecessor as party general secretary, Hu Jintao.


Read Here – Bloomberg


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