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Xi’s Cultivation of the PLA

Last week, Xi Jinping promoted six senior military officers to the rank of full general, consolidating his influence within the military. From Minnie Chan at South China Morning Post: Cai Yingting, 59, chief of the Nanjing...

New Leaders Molded in Part by Tiananmen Era

Ahead of the 24th anniversary of the June 4th crackdown, Andrew Jacobs and Chris Buckley at the New York Times described how China’s new leaders were steeped in “the more freewheeling spirit of the 1980s” that...

Li Keqiang Meets the Press as NPC Closes

The closing session of the National People’s Congress session finalized the transition to the new leadership of President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. In public comments on Sunday, Xi stressed plans to diminish...

Li Keqiang Named Premier

The National People’s Congress confirmed Li Keqiang as its new prime minister on Friday, completing China’s leadership transition a day after naming Xi Jinping state president, as China’s once-a-decade...

Xi Jinping Named China’s President

Xi Jinping completed his ascension to the highest echelons of power in China on Thursday as the National People’s Congress named him state president. Xi was also nominated to the head of the Central Military Commission,...

Xi Snubs Jiang With VP Pick

Incoming Chinese president Xi Jinping has chosen reformer Li Yuanchao as his vice president, according to sources, despite former president Jiang Zemin’s preference for propaganda chief Liu Yunshan to win the post. From...

Grading Xi Jinping’s First 100 Days

With the first 100 days of the Xi Jinping regime in the books, Xinhua News took time on Thursday to reflect and look ahead: Xi and the other six newly elected members of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee...

Vows of Change in China Belie Private Warning

Since his ascent to the top of the Communist Party, Xi Jinping has pushed a public image of change and approachability, while announcing a crackdown on corruption at all levels of government. In the New York Times, Chris Buckley...

Rule of the Princelings

Cairo Review has published an issue dedicated to China. The lead story, by Cheng Li, looks at the rise of princelings among China’s incoming rulers and what it means for the future of Chinese politics: In the wake of the...

Announcement Hints at Jiang’s Waning Influence

Chinese state media reported Wednesday that former president and Communist Party chief Jiang Zemin, who emerged as a key power broker during China’s leadership transition last year, asked that his name be moved down the...

Will Reform vs. Anti-Reform Define 2013?

For The Wall Street Journal, Russell Leigh Moses of the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies explores whether a new political struggle is emerging between new Communist Party chief Xi Jinping, who has indicated a desire to push...

Xinhua Profiles Project Human Side of Leaders

The Wall Street Journal reports that Xinhua News this week published several “lengthy profiles” detailing the lives of China’s new Politburo Standing Committee members: The profiles seemed to be a...

CDT Money: Uncertainty Looms in 2013

November data has reinforced the cautious optimism that began to creep into the Chinese economy in September, as factory output and retail sales reached eight-month highs and inflation remained under control. Not all signs...

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