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Q&As: China's Rising Leaders

October 2012

The Bo Xilai Crisis: Confidence Gained or Risk Increased?

Policy Q&A

Cheng Li, an expert on Chinese elite politics and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, discusses the significance of Bo Xilai’s upcoming trial for the rule of law in China and the degree of consensus among China’s leaders, despite ideological differences, factionalism, and ongoing debates, as well as behind-the-scenes negotiations that may have delayed the 18th Party Congress.

September 2012

Continuing a Peaceful Rise: China’s Foreign Policy After the Leadership Transition

Policy Q&A

It is widely expected that Xi Jinping will be named the successor to Hu Jintao at the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China this fall. Shen Dingli (Fudan University) discusses implications of the leadership transition for China’s foreign policy, its relations with neighboring states, and the future of the U.S.-China relationship.

April 2012

The Bo Xilai Crisis: A Curse or a Blessing for China?

Policy Q&A

China currently faces a daunting political crisis, due to the ongoing scandal riveting the country as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) prepares for its upcoming leadership transition. Bo Xilai—formerly party chief of Chongqing and a member of China's Politburo—has been stripped of his posts due to an investigation stemming from Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun's February 2012 visit to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu. NBR spoke with Cheng Li about the significance of these events for China's upcoming leadership transition and their implications for future Chinese political reforms.

February 2012

Understanding Xi Jinping and China’s New Generation of Leaders

Policy Q&A

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, widely expected to be China’s next leader, will be in Washington, D.C., on February 14. Cheng Li discusses the importance of Vice President Xi’s visit, the challenges that Xi and a new generation of leaders face at home and in the United States, and how the U.S.-China relationship might evolve in coming years.


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