Robert Ross and Jo IngeBekkevold (eds.), China in the Era of Xi Jinping: Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges
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When Xi Jiping took office in 2012–2013, he inherited many domestic and foreign policy challenges, such as economic imbalance, rising social grievances, abuses of power, corruption, “independent kingdoms” within the party, serious problems with neighboring countries over territorial disputes, and so on. This excellent book examines these challenges, and how the Xi administration responded to these challenges.
Bo Zhiyue expertly reviews the “paths to the top” of the Chinese leadership, and finds that many of the old paradigms (such as technocratic leadership or factional analysis) no longer have strong explanatory power. Succession, however, does not appear to be a major challenge in the Chinese leadership system. Zheng Yongnian and WengGuifen use the term “rigid flexibility” to describe the Chinese political system: an intact Leninist structure but with changes in content and function. They also note three disjunctures in the system: between party and state, between central and local,...