As the next Party Congress loomed in 2017, China’s top leaders in 2016 endorsed President Xi Jinping as the leadership “core,” a move that may allow his further consolidation of political power. The economy grew at a targeted 6.7%. Beijing challenged the new Taiwan administration, and sought to consolidate its muscle-flexing in the South China Sea. The likely direction of US relations under Donald Trump remained uncertain.
China in 2016: Setting the Stage for the 19th Party Congress
Dr. Murray Scot Tanner is a Principal Policy Analyst for Alion Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. The views in this article are entirely his, and are not necessarily the views of Alion Science and Technology, its corporate officers, or its sponsors. For their helpful comments on an earlier draft, Dr. Tanner is grateful to Thomas Bickford, Richard Bush, Erica Downs, and Ken Gause. Any remaining errors or omissions are entirely his responsibility.
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Murray Scot Tanner; China in 2016: Setting the Stage for the 19th Party Congress. Asian Survey 1 February 2017; 57 (1): 65–78. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2017.57.1.65
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