China Decides

The world’s other superpower is having its own “election” this week. And if all goes according to plan, on Nov. 14 nine (or seven) men (and possibly one woman) will stride across the stage in Beijing’s massive Great Hall of the People as the new members of the Politburo Standing Committee, China’s most powerful decision-making ...

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The world's other superpower is having its own "election" this week. And if all goes according to plan, on Nov. 14 nine (or seven) men (and possibly one woman) will stride across the stage in Beijing’s massive Great Hall of the People as the new members of the Politburo Standing Committee, China's most powerful decision-making body. They will wave, clap, and smile confidently, signaling to the world the inevitability of their leadership and hiding the messy reality of decades of infighting and moral compromise by which they climbed their way to the top. And their optimism will mask the reality of a China that is facing some of the most severe and daunting challenges in its modern history.

National Socialism with Chinese Characteristics
By John Garnaut

The world’s other superpower is having its own “election” this week. And if all goes according to plan, on Nov. 14 nine (or seven) men (and possibly one woman) will stride across the stage in Beijing’s massive Great Hall of the People as the new members of the Politburo Standing Committee, China’s most powerful decision-making body. They will wave, clap, and smile confidently, signaling to the world the inevitability of their leadership and hiding the messy reality of decades of infighting and moral compromise by which they climbed their way to the top. And their optimism will mask the reality of a China that is facing some of the most severe and daunting challenges in its modern history.

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  • National Socialism with Chinese Characteristics

    National Socialism with Chinese Characteristics
    By John Garnaut

  • Apocalypse Mao
    By Christina Larson

  • Human Rights Now

    Human Rights Now
    By Sophie Richardson

  • Hu Jintao's Gamble

    Inside China’s Smoke-Filled Room
    By Willy Lam

  • Xi Jinping’s Challenge
    By Kenneth Lieberthal

  • National Security

    Party Congress Diary, Day 3
    By Kathleen E. McLaughlin

  • China's Other Transition

    China’s Other Transition
    By Dean Cheng

  • What China's Generals Fear

    What China’s Generals Fear
    By John Garnaut

  • Kafka in Beijing
    By John Garnaut

  • My Strange Visit to Hu Jintao’s Hometown
    By Isaac Stone Fish

  • Middle East

    Hu Jintao’s Legacy
    By Kerry Brown

  • Pakistan

    Reform or Perish
    By Michael Pettis

  • Xi's Got Issues

    Xi’s Got Issues
    By Geoff Dyer

  • What Do Rural Chinese Villagers Think of Their New Bosses?
    By Trefor Moss

  • What China's Generals Fear

    What China’s Generals Fear
    By John Garnaut

  • Men In Black
    By Nels Frye

  • Fashion Tips From the Politburo
    An FP Slide Show

  • Kafka in Beijing
    By John Garnaut

  • Xi Jinping’s Challenge
    By Kenneth Lieberthal

  • National Security

    Party Congress Diary, Day 6
    By Kathleen E. McLaughlin

  • China's Other Transition

    China’s Other Transition
    By Dean Cheng

  • Hu Jintao's Gamble

    Inside China’s Smoke-Filled Room
    By Willy Lam

  • My Strange Visit to Hu Jintao’s Hometown
    By Isaac Stone Fish

  • Middle East

    Hu Jintao’s Legacy
    By Kerry Brown

  • Pakistan

    Reform or Perish
    By Michael Pettis

  • China

    The Hu Era, in Pictures
    An FP Slide Show

  • Nuclear Weapons

    Everything You Think You Know About China Is Wrong

  • Free Trade

    Xi Jinping Is An Empty Suit
    By Yu Jie

  • North Korea

    China’s One Percent
    An FP Slide Show

  • Latin America

    What if U.S. Political Reporters Covered the Chinese “Election”?

  • Why the China Model Is Running Out of Gas

  • Russia

    The Rise of Chinese Cities
    An FP Special Report

  • India

    Why Chinese Leaders Don’t Swim Anymore

  • The Weird And Wonderful World of Chinese Bureaucracy Novels

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