Xi’s Back

Xi Jinping made his first public appearance since the beginning of the month on Saturday morning, and Xinhua noted the occasion without acknowledging his two-week absence: BEIJING, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) — Vice President Xi...

Struggles, Not Unity, Ahead of Party Congress

A close family friend of missing Chinese vice president Xi Jinping told The Sydney Morning Herald’s John Garnaut that China’s president-in-waiting is fine, but Ian Johnson and Jonathan Ansfield of The New York Times...

The History of Seaside Secrecy at Beidaihe

The Globe and Mail’s Mark MacKinnon reported today that the heavily-securitized meetings in which China’s highest-level officials are suspected to have determined who will soon take the reins of CCP power have...

At Beidaihe, A Swim Test for China’s Leaders

Foreign Policy’s Isaac Stone Fish explores Chinese President Hu Jintao’s aversion to swimming, which leaders such as Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping once utilized to demonstrate their health and strength as rulers. As...

Meet China’s Next Leaders

As the CCP’s 18th National Congress grows ever nearer, China’s top brass are continuing their secretive seaside assembly at Beidaihe. AFP reports from the resort-town and longtime CCP rendezvous, used for closed-door...

Are Politburo Hopefuls Ready to Lead?

With the Bo Xilai scandal still hanging over China’s upcoming leadership transition, and with Beijing’s top leaders packing up their swimsuits for their summer retreat in Beidaihe, The Diplomat’s Minxin Pei...

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