Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and Premier Li Qiang arrive for the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on 5 March 2024. (Pedro Pardo/AFP)

China’s political black box has become even more opaque

Commentator Chen Kuohsiang says that China’s politics have become even more opaque and rigid since the announcement that the premier’s press conference will no longer be held at the end of the National People’s Congress. With no room left to express personal will or position, the Chinese premier has been reduced to the general secretary’s political implementer.
This file photo taken on 13 March 2023 shows China's President Xi Jinping speaking during the closing session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (Noel Celis/AFP)

Xi's top men: Is there a power struggle between Li Qiang and Cai Qi?

Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong notes that while international media and observers are suggesting a power struggle between the Chinese Communist Party’s top ranking officials Li Qiang and Cai Qi, they are both in fact in just a “sharing the workload but not the power” relationship with General Secretary Xi Jinping.
US President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Leaders Retreat during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco, California, US, on 17 November 2023. (Loren Elliott/Reuters)

APEC: No longer an 'economic cooperation' forum

Commentator Jin Jian Guo notes that the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum was of less interest than the sideline meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden. 'Open regionalism', previously synonymous with APEC, seems a thing of the past.
China's President Xi Jinping arrives to attend the Leaders Retreat during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in San Francisco, California, US, on 17 November 2023. (Loren Elliott/Reuters)

Japanese academic: US-China competition rules take shape while Japan-China ties still ambiguous

Based on the bilateral meetings in San Francisco, Japanese researcher Shin Kawashima observes that US-China ties are now at a stage where discussions and exchanges are possible and the norms of competition are gradually developing; nevertheless, he believes that this may not yet be the case with Japan and China.
US President Joe Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Filoli estate on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, in Woodside, California, US, on 15 November 2023. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Xi-Biden meeting ends on positive note: A better tomorrow?

The meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden concluded on an upbeat note, with many issues discussed albeit with no real consensus at the moment. However, this opens the door to future dialogue and communication between both sides.
Visitors gather for the flag raising ceremony at Tiananmen Square to mark National Day in Beijing, China, on 1 October 2023. (Andrea Verdelli/Bloomberg)

How Xi Jinping built a party-centred administrative regime

Among President Xi Jinping’s efforts to ensure the permanence of the Chinese Communist Party’s regime, institutional restructuring has been an area of great focus. After two major rounds of integrated party-state institutional reform, a party-centred administrative regime appears to be emerging to add to the diversity of the regime types of the world.
People make their way around Times Square on 7 June 2023 in New York City, US. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFP)

China and US: Who is the ticking time bomb?

US President Joe Biden raised hackles with his recent comment about China being a “ticking time bomb”, alongside observations about its economy and unemployment rate. Former journalist Goh Choon Kang examines the question of who is more likely to be a time bomb, and highlights that it serves no purpose for the US and China to be pointing fingers at each other.
People are seen below a giant screen showing news footage of Chinese President Xi Jinping speaking virtually to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting, which was being held in India, at a shopping mall in Beijing, China, on 4 July 2023. (Greg Baker/AFP)

Politics takes precedence over economy in Xi’s Chinese-style modernisation

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech in February criticising the West was recently quoted in a Chinese Communist Party publication, and Lianhe Zaobao journalist Edwin Ong notes that the renewed attention could be intended to strengthen the political consensus among officials and citizens. Meanwhile, Xi’s emphasis on treading a different path from Western modernisation could come at the expense of its economy.
Chinese honour guards prepare for the arrival of China’s Premier Li Qiang and Mongolia's Prime Minister Luvsannamsrain Oyun-Erdene ahead of a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on 28 June 2023. (Jade Gao/AFP)

China's abrupt leadership changes reveal Xi's grip on power

Taiwanese academic Wen-Hsuan Tsai looks at the recent removal and disappearances of senior Chinese officials and discusses if these events reflect a shift in political dynamics among China’s high-ups and if President Xi Jinping’s power has been challenged.