<strong>Xi’s Loyalists: A Breakdown of China’s New Leadership</strong>

Xi’s Loyalists: A Breakdown of China’s New Leadership

Xi’s Loyalists: A Breakdown of China’s New Leadership

By Rahul Karan Reddy and Omkar Bhole;

The Communist Party of China (CPC) unveiled its new Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) and Politburo (PB) on October 23rd, ushering in a highly anticipated and consequential leadership transition at the highest levels. Although it came as no surprise that Xi Jinping was reappointed as the General Secretary of the CPC, new appointments to the PSC and PB have confirmed his dominance in China’s elite politics.

Women in Chinese Politics after the 20th Party Congress

Women in Chinese Politics after the 20th Party Congress

Women in Chinese Politics after the 20th Party Congress

By — Ahana Roy;

Breaking away from custom of over two decades, the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) saw no Chinese women promoted to the Politburo. It was widely expected that Vice Premier Sun Chunlan would be replaced by a woman candidate; instead, only men have been promoted to top leadership positions.

China’s ‘New Era’ through the lens of 20th Party Congress Work Report

China’s ‘New Era’ through the lens of 20th Party Congress Work Report

China’s ‘New Era’ through the lens of 20th Party Congress Work Report

By — Rahul Karan Reddy and Omkar Bhole;

            Xi Jinping’s opening speech at the 20th Party Congress highlighted key achievements and challenges during the tenure of the 19th Party Congress. In combination with the detailed work report, Xi also revealed key drivers of China’s behaviour for the next few years. His speech at the 20th Party Congress has struck a different tone from the one he delivered at the 19th Party Congress.

The Role of Buddhist Diplomacy in India’s Soft Power Approach towards Asia’s Regional Connectivity

The Role of Buddhist Diplomacy in India’s Soft Power Approach towards Asia’s Regional Connectivity

The Role of Buddhist Diplomacy in India’s Soft Power Approach towards Asia’s Regional Connectivity

By — Ratish Mehta;

The Asian century, as deemed by many scholars and experts, is a pivotal period that shall define the upcoming years of global cooperative development. At the heart of these emerging times, is the Asian continent that is expected to dominate the arenas of the world through its economic, political and cultural superiority.

Anticipating Constitutional Amendments at the 20th Party Congress

Anticipating Constitutional Amendments at the 20th Party Congress

Anticipating Constitutional Amendments at the 20th Party Congress

By — Ahana Roy

All National Party Congresses in the past have brought about changes to the Constitution of the Communist Party of China (CPC). In the same vein, it is expected that the constitution will be revised in the 20th National Party Congress (NPC), in accordance with shifts in Party leadership as well as to further outline the path and goal of the Party.

Systemic Change under Xi Jinping – Issues and Implications

Systemic Change under Xi Jinping – Issues and Implications

Systemic Change under Xi Jinping – Issues and Implications

By – Hemkumar Jain;

In the run up to the quinquennial Party Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) being held from October 16th 2022, there is a frenzy of publications by the China-watching community in the media. They cover several topics and explore many facets, but retain an overwhelming focus on the likely personnel changes at the leadership level: particularly in the Politburo and its Standing Committee.

The Return of Technocracy in CPC’s Elite Politics

The Return of Technocracy in CPC’s Elite Politics

The Return of Technocracy in CPC’s Elite Politics

By — Rahul Karan Reddy;

Technocrats are set to re-emerge as a defining feature of China’s top leadership in Xi Jinping’s third term. As per the (re)emerging trend of  “red and expert” (you hong you zhuan) from the Mao era, Party members with an education in STEM fields or social sciences, work experience in the private sector or State-owned enterprises (SOEs), sufficient provincial or national-level administrative experience, and a record of loyalty to the Party ‘core’ stand a stronger chance of making it to the 20th Central Committee (CC).

Faction Politics in China and its Implications for the 20th Party Congress

Faction Politics in China and its Implications for the 20th Party Congress

Faction Politics in China and its Implications for the 20th Party Congress

By – Omkar Bhole;

Most countries in the world have a political system where like-minded people from similar groups or parties run the country. However, such a system is largely open and transparent in democratic countries. In the case of China, this system, referred to as factionalism, is too opaque and thus, leaves much room for speculation.