The ‘Emperor’ Has Feet of Clay

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China has suggested removing term limits for the President and Vice-President of the People’s Republic of China. The immediate implication is that President Xi Jinping could conceivably continue for a third term or more in office. However, the more important one is that this sets a precedentContinue reading “The ‘Emperor’ Has Feet of Clay”

Book Review: Xi Jinping’s China

of Jayadev Ranade’s  Xi Jinping’s China (New Delhi: Knowledge World Publishers). pp. xi+394. Rs. 1,400. ISBN: 978-93-86288-90-5 This work is a collection of pieces written by the author in various online platforms and as part of other edited volumes. The reader does not have the benefit of an introduction that ties in all the chapters togetherContinue reading “Book Review: Xi Jinping’s China”

Book Review: Cadres of Tibet

of Jayadev Ranade’s. Cadres of Tibet (New Delhi: Knowledge World Publishers, 2018). pp. xi+199. Rs.1,120. ISBN: 978-93-86288-92-9. As the blurb of this book says, while information about the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) is plentiful in China’s official media, there is comparatively little about the people who actually govern the province in China. This book tries to fillContinue reading “Book Review: Cadres of Tibet”

A Strongman in China: Implications for Asian Regional Politics

Xi Jinping’s China is not inclined to sharing leadership or space with anyone else.

19th CPC Congress in China: Ideology Dominant

The 19th Party Congress’ clear line against importing Western-style democracy to China is is a sign of an ever-growing sense of rivalry with the West led by the United States

China’s 19th CPC Congress: Redefining Economic Growth

What is evident from Xi’s report is that problems of environment, health and urbanization – problems in India, too – are also seen as opportunities for China.

Xi Jinping’s Report to the 19th CPC Congress in China

The 19th Party Congress’ clear line against importing Western concepts to China is the ideological foundation of a consistent and ever-growing sense of rivalry with the West represented by the US.

19th National Congress of the CPC: Xi Jinping Firmly in Charge

Xi places great stress on the CPC in the vanguard role for China. Taken together with his calls for national ‘rejuvenation’, it would appear there is a turn towards greater authoritarianism and centralisation in China.

Explaining the India-China Standoff at Doklam: Causes and Implications

‘Explaining the India-China Standoff at Doklam: Causes and Implications’, Aakrosh, Vol. 20, No. 77, October 2017, pp. 60-76. Extract: In mid-June 2017, India and China began a long standoff in the Doklam area of Bhutan that came to an end only in late August. The crisis originated when a Chinese road-building party moved into anContinue reading “Explaining the India-China Standoff at Doklam: Causes and Implications”