Category: Joseph Fewsmith

China’s Communist Party Declares Xi Jinping ‘Core’ Leader

New York Times Joseph Fewsmith, Pardee School President Xi Jinping of China received a potent boost to his status on Thursday, when a Communist Party meeting elevated him to “core” leader, putting him in the same revered ranks as Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping… Expert quote: “It seems that this plenum really was a victory […]

China Communist Party Raises Xi’s Status Ahead of Reshuffle

Bloomberg Joseph Fewsmith, Pardee School China’s Communist Party declared President Xi Jinping as its “core,” a designation that strengthens his hand ahead of a twice-a-decade power reshuffle next year… Expert quote: “Xi will have a smooth path to the 19th Party Congress and will be able to promote the people he wants to promote. Now we […]

Behind China’s Anti-Graft Campaign, A Drive To Crush Rivals

NPR Joseph Fewsmith, Pardee School China’s ruling Communist Party is pledging tighter discipline than ever for its 88 million members and no let up in a four-year anti-corruption campaign that has seen more than 1 million officials investigated for graft… Expert quote: “These issues could, in the future, be one of regime survival.” Listen to […]

For China’s Xi, anticorruption drive is all about Communist Party survival

Christian Science Monitor Joseph Fewsmith, Pardee School Earlier this month, a former Communist Party secretary in southwest China was sentenced to death for taking bribes of nearly $38 million… Expert quote: “Xi Jinping has set out over the last four years to restore what he thinks the party should be, a highly disciplined party with […]

Party Time in China: The Riddle of Xi

Bloomberg Joseph Fewsmith, Pardee School, College of Arts & Sciences As China moves towards the twice-a-decade National Congress of the Communist Party next fall, cadres are already trying to figure out what will happen at the gathering, the 19th of these… Expert quote: “They just don’t seem to be people favoured by Xi.” View full […]

China Silence on Mao’s ‘Catastrophe’ Role Fuels Revival Fear

Bloomberg Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies China’s Communist Party has a deep appreciation for its anniversaries. The 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution is one they’d rather not talk about… Expert quote: “The commentary reminds us of the fragility of the legitimacy of the PRC. Xi Jinping has […]

China’s Xi Shakes Up Rival Power Base Before Party Reshuffle

Bloomberg Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies China’s Communist Party is considering further steps to curb the influence of the Communist Youth League, an organization that President Xi Jinping has criticized for being too aristocratic… Expert quote: “There has been a general curtailing of the CYL, particularly those associated […]

Xi Jinping Assuming New Status as China’s ‘Core’ Leader

New York Times (subscription required) Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies China’s president, Xi Jinping, has already grasped more power more quickly than his two recent predecessors, and he has shown a taste for audacious decisions and a loathing for dissent… View full article quoting expert Joseph Fewsmith

Xi’s New Title Highlights China’s Power Struggle

Bloomberg Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies A push to designate Xi Jinping as the “core” of China’s Communist Party suggests efforts to strengthen the president’s hand in a year of political maneuvering for top party posts… Expert quote: “If all this is really pointing to the declaration of […]

China’s Year of Tumult Puts Xi’s Governance Under the Microscope

Bloomberg Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Looking out over Beijing’s Tiananmen Square as tanks rumbled by and fighter jets roared across a brilliant blue sky, Chinese President Xi Jinping looked like power personified during a Sept. 3 military parade… Expert quote: “He had a difficult time in the […]