Fewsmith Offers Thoughts on CCP’s 6th Plenum During Hoover Institution Panel

On December 2, 2021, Joseph Fewsmith, Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, took part in a virtual Hoover Institution panel during which he and fellow experts unpacked the significance of the 6th Plenum of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) 19th Congress and what lies ahead for Xi Jinping and China.

Fewsmith was joined by fellow panelists Timothy Cheek, a Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Institute of Asian Research, and Alice Lyman Miller, a historian and research fellow at the Hoover Institution, as well as moderator Glenn Tiffert, co-lead on the Hoover project on China’s Global Sharp Power. In his remarks, Fewsmith discussed the extent to which the Plenum institutionalizes Chinese political processes, what sets this resolution apart from others, as well as tactics used by Xi Jinping to position himself at the head of the CCP for the foreseeable future.

A recording of the panel can be viewed below.

Joseph Fewsmith is Professor of International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University  He is the author or editor of eight books, including, most recently, Rethinking Chinese Politics (June 2021). He is an associate of the John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Studies at Harvard University and the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University. Read more about Professor Fewsmith on his faculty profile.