China unveiled a new leadership at the recently concluded 19th National Congress of the Communist Party, with five new members joining President Xi Jinping and premier Li Keqiang in the Politburo Standing Committee. The appointments have consolidated Xi’s power, and his name and ideology have been written into the party’s constitution.
Nigel Inkster analysed the events that have shaped the congress, its overall significance within the Chinese political context, policy pronouncements and personnel appointments. In particular, he addressed the question of whether there is an aspiration or capacity to export Xi’s ‘Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for the New Era’, and if so what are the global implications.
This event was chaired by Dr Nicholas Redman, Director of Editorial; Editor, Strategic Survey and Adelphi Books, IISS. It took place in the Council Room at Arundel House, 6 Temple Place, London WC2R 2PG.
Dr Nicholas Redman is Director of Editorial at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, overseeing the Institute’s large and highly regarded publications output. He is Editor of the Adelphi book series and Strategic Survey: The Annual Assessment of Geopolitics, and he directs the continued development of the Armed Conflict Database.