ThinkChina Analysis: Stealth Leadership: Silence on Key Challenges at China’s Recent Central Committee Meeting
The fourth plenary meeting of the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Central Committee gathered China’s political elite for a debate on comprehensive reforms of China’s socialist system, also focusing on how to make the state owned enterprises more effective. However, other key challenges that the Chinese leadership face, such as the demonstrations and riots in Hong Kong and the trade war with the US, were only touched upon indirectly. In this analysis, Professor of China Studies at University of Copenhagen, Jørgen Delman investigates how Xi Jinping and the Chinese leadership have dealt with these crucial discussions of both national and international importance. The conclusion is, that the party has done so under stealth that keeps the internal party discussions a secret, and hence Xi Jinping presents a united party backing him entirely.
This analysis is an updated version of an article originally published by Insightperspectives.
About: Jørgen Delman
Jørgen Delman is a professor of China Studies, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen.
Delman's current research focuses on China’s climate change politics, climate governance at city level, energy and energy security politics, and renewable energy.