Miller Op-Ed Gleans Insights from CCP Centennial Celebration

Manjari Chatterjee Miller, currently a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and on leave from the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University where she is an Associate Professor of International Relations, published an op-ed in Hindustan Times discussing the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) centennial founding celebration, President Xi Jinping’s remarks during it, and how other countries can learn from China. This is the twelfth of Miller’s monthly columns in Hindustan Times

In her article, titled “What Xi Jinping did not say,” Miller dissected President Jinping’s remarks during the CCP centennial celebration and what can be gleamed from his omissions. Miller notes that Jinping made an adamant effort to tie China’s growth and success on the world stage to the CCP and himself. However, she also noted country’s like India should observe China’s drift towards authoritarianism and adopt more of a unifying ideology rather than relying on nationalism to carry them towards the future.

The reason it was imperative for Xi to hammer home that the CCP had transformed China, had been crucial to China’s successes over decades, and would continue to be so for decades to come was because there is no socialist ideological glue that holds China together today. Rather, there is Chinese nationalism —and that, as the CCP government is well aware, can fast become anti-CCP sentiment.

The full op-ed can be read on Hindustan Times‘ website.

Manjari Chatterjee Miller is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. She works on foreign policy and security issues with a focus on South and East Asia. Her most recent book, Routledge Handbook of China–India Relations (Routledge & CRC Press, 2020), is the comprehensive guide to the Chinese-Indian relationship covering expansive ideas ranging from the historical relationship to current disputes to AI. Learn more about her on her Pardee School faculty profile