The members of China’s Politburo Standing Committee were revealed just hours ago at the conclusion of the First Plenum of the 19th Central Committee. Cheng Li and Brookings research staff have compiled detailed profiles of the new leaders on this all-important body.
To help observers better understand China's 19th Party Congress, Cheng Li describes the hierarchy of the Chinese Communist Party and discusses the surprisingly high rate of turnover in its top leadership.
China watchers have eagerly awaited the results of the 19th Party Congress. This meeting—which only occurs every five years—determines the new leadership, as well as the key directions for future policy. However, those interested in economic policy will have to wait a few more months to know what shifts, if any, will occur, writes David Dollar.
On November 2, the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings will host a two-part event to analyze the outcomes of the 19th Party Congress. Cheng Li will deliver a detailed presentation on emerging trends and characteristics of the new CCP leadership. A panel of experts will then discuss the broader implications for Xi’s second term and the country’s foreign and domestic policy.
On October 10, the John L. Thornton China Center and the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings hosted leading U.S. experts and former officials to identify actionable policy steps the White House and Congress should take to address the growing threat from North Korea.
Xi Jinping still faces limitations as a leader. Xi Jinping has risen to become China's most powerful leader in a generation, but he still faces constraints. In an interview with CNN, Cheng Li says, “China is not in the mood for a dictator-like figure.”
Chinese foreign investment is indifferent to governance quality. David Dollar tells The Washington Post that China's lending to poor-governance countries is balanced by its lending to relatively good-governance countries.
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