Xi Jinping

U.S., Aus, Japan, India Mull Belt and Road Alternative

The Australian Financial Review’s Phillip Cooley reports on discussions between Australia, the United States, India, and Japan on establishing a joint regional infrastructure plan to rival the controversial China-led Belt and Road Initiative. The BRI, a trillion dollar-plus, 65-nation trade an...

The Contradictions of Xi’s Belt and Road Initiative

At The Washington Post, Center for Strategic and International Studies fellow Jonathan E. Hillman looks at the contradictions between Xi Jinping’s domestic drive to reinforce government control, and his international ambition to broaden China’s global clout while simultaneously making Ch...

Sensitive Words: Spring Festival Gala 2018

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Translation: Party Watchdogs Blast Former Cyberczar

The Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection announced on Tuesday that former cyberczar Lu Wei has been expelled from the CCP and from public office, and faces likely criminal prosecution for bribery. Lu was deputy chief of the Party’s Central Propaganda Department and the fo...

Xi Pledges to Modernize PLA, D.C.’s “New Benchmark”

Chinese state media highlighted President Xi Jinping’s recent pre-Spring Festival trip to a military base in Sichuan over the weekend, where he greeted service members and stressed China’s commitment to modernizing the Party-led People’s Liberation Army. At Reuters, Ben Blanchard r...

Former CCP “Rising Star” Sun Zhengcai Indicted for Corruption

Former Politburo member Sun Zhengcai has been charged with corruption, becoming “the highest-level serving official to be prosecuted in President Xi Jinping’s sweeping anti-corruption campaign,” according to AP. Sun was a rising star in the Party who was appointed Chongqing Party c...

Censors Don’t Like TV Host’s Tone Toward Xi (Updated)

During HunanTV’s live Spring Festival Gala broadcast on Thursday, host Li Weijia accidentally mangled the tones for top leader Xi Jinping’s name, referring to him as Xí Jìnpīng instead of Xí Jìnpíng, before quickly correcting himself. Even this seemingly innocuous and understandabl...

Censors Don’t Like TV Host’s Tone Toward Xi Jinping

During HunanTV’s live Spring Festival Gala broadcast on Thursday, host Li Weijia accidentally mangled the tones for top leader Xi Jinping’s name, referring to him as Xí Jìnpīng instead of Xí Jìnpíng, before quickly correcting himself. Even this seemingly innocuous and understandabl...