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.

Foreign Policy under China’s New Leaders: What India can Expect

While India must continue its own defence modernization and engage in partnership and cooperation with the United States and with China’s neighbours, it must also simultaneously be willing to work with China’s leadership on a broad range of economic, political, military and social issues.

New Leadership in China: Quo Vadis Political Reform?

More than the challenges of political reforms, it appears the Communist Party of China fears a return to the populism and demagoguery of the Mao era.

Post-China’s 18th Party Congress: Socioeconomic Challenges Paramount

The fifth generation of the CPC leadership in China faces severe domestic challenges, chief among them, widespread corruption, increasing inequality, rising unemployment and growing regional disparities.

China in 2011: Through the Indian Looking Glass

Isn’t China, like India, a country of over a billion people? Who but Indians can really grasp the incredible complexities and myriad problems of a billion people living under one flag?

Grand Old Parties: The Chinese Communist Party and the Congress (I)

Most Indian political parties are non-democratic organizations functioning in a democracy. If a communist party in an authoritarian state realizes the need to innovate and hold intra-party elections, to choose the best leaders to put before the people, how much more must Indian political parties?

Leadership Change in China and Implications for India

The 17th Party Congress of the Communist Party of China that took place in October 2007 was notable for the beginning of the transition to the so-called fifth generation of China’s leaders. It is important to analyze these leadership changes both for what they reveal about the Chinese domestic political system and for their possible impact on China’s external relations.