Political Changes in China Since the 19th CCP Congress: Xi Jinping Is Not Weaker But More Contested

Jean-Pierre CABESTAN*

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Since the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Xi Jinping has continued to dominate the political stage. Having succeeded to abolish the two-term limit for the presidency in March 2018, he has consolidated even more his power, restructuring several Party and state agencies and promoting many supporters to key positions. He has also privileged very conservative policies, raising questions about China’s reform and open-door strategy. However, in the summer of 2018, in the context of a growing trade war with the US, his opponents have launched an offensive that has highlighted deepening divisions within the Party leadership and among the elites. While today Xi is more contested than before, his detractors have remained unable to weaken him, let alone to use the trade war with the US, to force him to radically change course.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1–21
Number of pages21
JournalEast Asia
Issue number1
Early online date18 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2019

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chinese Communist Party
  • Economic reforms
  • Li Keqiang
  • State council
  • Trade war
  • Xi Jinping


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