President Xi Jinping dominated the Chinese stage during 2018, continuing to consolidate his power as the CCP sought to reassert its primacy. China flexed its muscles as a great power in a pitch for global leadership. Xi pushed constantly to portray China as the promoter of an open global economy, even as his own continued to slow incrementally amid the widening trade war with the US.
China in 2018: Presidents, Politics, and Power
Shaun Breslin is Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK. He currently holds a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship and would like to thank the Leverhulme Trust for their support. Email: <Shaun.Breslin@warwick.ac.uk>
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Shaun Breslin; China in 2018: Presidents, Politics, and Power. Asian Survey 1 February 2019; 59 (1): 21–34. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2019.59.1.21
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