Following considerable speculation that it would be postponed or even cancelled, the 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will convene in Beijing on Nov. 8. The meeting marks the beginning of the final leg of China's extended leadership transition process and should give greater clarity on China's direction in the coming decade.
Over the past two years, China's intricate and opaque leadership structure has been shaken to the core by a series of high-profile political scandals amid elevated economic uncertainty. Major disagreements on how to respond to these challenges have riven elite groups, and the factional coalition assembled and managed -- largely successfully -- by President Hu Jintao over the past decade has risked breaking apart as the party scrambled to contain its most profound crisis of legitimacy since 1989. ...
To read the rest, sign up to try World Politics Review
- TWO WEEKS FREE.
- Cancel any time.
- After two weeks, just $18 monthly or $118/year.
Request a free trial for your office or school. Everyone at a given site can get access through our institutional subscriptions.
- Japan Boosts Efforts to Curb China's Counterfeiting
- China’s Plenum Reforms May Depend on Xi’s Leadership Skills
- China’s Middle East Policy Faces Long-Term Challenge From Continuing Turmoil
- Global Insights: With Air Defense Zone, China Scores ‘Own Goal’ in South Korea
- The Realist Prism: Will Congress Handcuff Obama on Iran, TPP Talks?