The Battle for China's Top Nine Leadership Posts

  title={The Battle for China's Top Nine Leadership Posts},
  author={Cheng Li},
  journal={The Washington Quarterly},
  pages={131 - 145}
  • Cheng Li
  • Published 1 February 2012
  • Political Science
  • The Washington Quarterly
There is no better vantage point for understanding Chinese leadership politics than to analyze the nine individuals who make up the Politburo Standing Committee (PSC). Despite the highly diverse and divergent assessments of elite politics which populate the overseas China-watching communities, the last decade has witnessed a surprisingly strong consensus emerge on the pivotal importance of the PSC. The top Chinese leader, General Secretary of the Party and President Hu Jintao, is now understood… 

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