Why factional politics might no longer matter in China

Originally published at 9DashLine, 6 October 2022. It is axiomatic that authoritarian states will be more vulnerable to sudden leadership changes or to regime collapse than open, democratic systems. Therefore, it is natural for China‚Äôs leaders to worry, and not entirely surprising that the Chinese Party-state has spent more on internal security than it has …

The fall of Bo Xilai and some reflections on Indian politics

What does the exit of Bo Xilai say about the stability of the Chinese political system? And what lessons might be drawn for the Indian political system?