Xu Hongcai Deputy Chief Economist, China Center for Int'l Economic Exchanges
Apr 24 , 2018
President Xi Jinping’s speech offers great insight into the future landscape of China.
Keyu Jin Professor, London School of Economics
Apr 12 , 2018
China needs a strong leader to maintain stability.
Aaron Jed Rabena Fellow, Program Convenor, Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress
Apr 11 , 2018
Apart from the mainstream narrative that Xi is appropriating methods of Maoist political conservatism or autocratic statecraft, China’s domestic imperatives and external conditions prove useful in examining the motivation behind the abolition of term limits.
Lea Shih Research Associate, Mercator Institute for China Studies
Mar 29 , 2018
President Xi Jinping has been labelled a “president for life” and a “new emperor.” The future of Chinese politics has been assessed by commentators as a “reversion to the days of Mao Zedong.” However, resorting to these old paradigms prevents us from seeing the differences between the past and the present.
Andrew Sheng Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Global Institute at the University of Hong Kong
Xiao Geng President of the Hong Kong Institution for International Finance
Mar 27 , 2018
The test is whether the Chinese system adapts to long-term challenges and contributes to national and global wellbeing, not whether it adheres to Western standards.
Stephen Roach Faculty Member, Yale University
Mar 21 , 2018
To figure out what will change under a different framework for leadership succession, it is important to cut through the authorities’ opaque rhetoric – the “moderately well-off society” transitioning into the “new era” – and stress-test their basic development strategy.
Qin Xiaoying Research Scholar, China Foundation For Int'l and Strategic Studies
Mar 21 , 2018
The spontaneous applause that arose when Wang Qishan, the country's chief graft buster, appeared in front of the ballot box showed the high expectations placed on the fight against corruption.
Zach Montague News Assistant, New York Times
Mar 15 , 2018
China now has a fiercely effective group of elites running the country with an unprecedented ability to cut through red tape and enact policy rapidly. For better or worse, their vision for the future will be put in place more rapidly and efficiently than before, and this could mean many years of efficient and coherent governing ahead.
Sara Hsu Assistant Professor of Economics, the State University of New York
Mar 14 , 2018
China’s National People’s Congress was held last week, with few surprises. Most of the reforms laid out are extensions of existing or previously announced policies, including supply-side structural reform, reduced barriers to foreign investment, promotion of innovation, and enhanced military spending. Dominating the congress, however, was a proceeding not contained in the work report: the removal of term limits from the nation’s constitution.
Lawrence Lau Professor of Economics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Mar 13 , 2018
Centralised authority and power are absolutely essential for overcoming the opposition of the local governments and the private moneyed interests and pushing forward the economic reform agenda in China.