The impact of the Sino-U.S. “new Cold War” on domestic Chinese politics

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President Xi Jinping, “the core leader,” “highest commander,” and “the people’s path-finder,” faces the worst political crisis of his career having been seen as unable to handle President Trump’s fusillades. While the “chairman of everything” remains in the media limelight, Xi faces internal opposition from different sections of the party. Criticism has come from princelings close to Deng Xiaoping who have blasted Xi for abandoning the Great Reformer’s liberalization dicta. Relatively pro-market State Council bureaucrats are unhappy about Xi concentrating decision-making powers within several leading party organs. Private businesspeople have lambasted Xi for boosting the monopolistic powers of the state-owned enterprises. Intellectuals and civil-society groups have complained about Xi’s resuscitation of Mao’s “one voice chamber.” An examination of how Xi is handling these disparate challenges will throw light on the trajectory of China’s political development: Will an embattled Xi take even more authoritarian steps to crush his enemies? Or will the “Mao Zedong of the 21st Century” be forced to adopt more flexible if not liberal policies on both the domestic and foreign fronts?

About the speaker

WILLY LAM is an Adjunct Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Senior Fellow at the Jamestown Foundation, a foreign-policy think tank in Washington D.C. Willy’s areas of expertise are the Chinese Communist Party, elite politics, foreign policy, the People’s Liberation Army, and Chinese economic and political reforms.

Before the seminar

All attendees are invited to join us in the CIW Tea House from 3.30pm for informal discussion with the guest speaker before the seminar.

The ANU China Seminar Series is supported by the China Institute and the Australian Centre on China in the World at The Australian National University’s College of Asia & the Pacific.


Willy Lam

Dates & times

Friday, 14 June 2019

4.00pm - 5.30pm


Auditorium, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU

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