Drawing the News: Third Plenum Reflections

Drawing the News: Third Plenum Reflections

Many China watchers were wary of promises of reform in the brief communiqué on the Third Plenum released last week. A longer resolution released on Friday clarifies the communiqué  and makes concrete a number of reforms, including changes to the and the end of . Former Mexican ambassador to China Jorge Guajardo tweeted that “China watchers are using the third plenum to pretend they understand China,” questioning the view of “Xi [Jinping] as the strongman.” Bill Bishop also commented in his Sinocism newsletter that “perhaps now is a good time to end the commentary about Xi Jinping being a ‘neo-Maoist.’” Neither suggest, however, that we can count on reforms before they’re implemented.

Chinese cartoonists on Weibo and beyond maintain a healthy dose of skepticism about the results of the Third Plenum.

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