Written by Timothy R. Heath. As the armed wing of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has a lot at stake in the 19th Party Congress. In addition to changes in military leadership, the reports issued at a Party Congress invariably contain directives to […]
Written by Nick Bisley. Of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s many achievements in his time in office – about which much will be made in the official propaganda – one of the most surprising was the more confident and assertive approach to foreign policy that he brought about.
Written by Ngeow Chow-Bing. When Xi Jinping assumed the position of the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in November 2012, few would have predicted him to become the most powerful leader in decades, certainly surpassing his two immediate predecessors Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin, and […]
Written by Simon Hill. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will soon embark on its own “Game of Thrones” as delegates gather for its 19th National Congress in Beijing. A variety of posts will be filled for the next five years – including the vitally important General Secretary of […]
Written by Martin Thorley. This week we focus on the start of the 19th Party Congress, a potentially monumental event that will have ramifications for China and the rest of the world. While the speeches, the changes of personnel and the political manoeuvres will have been planned long […]
Written by Matt Ferchen and Renny Babiarz. After the death of Mao in 1976, Deng Xiaoping’s moderate faction and Hua Guofeng’s so-called ultra-leftist faction competed for the leadership of the CCP. At the time of Mao’s death, Hua Guofeng had already been accepted within the CCP as his […]