CCP Internal Resilience – post 8 of 10
United we stand
As David Shambaugh pointed out in China's Communist Party: Atrophy and Adaptation, CCP has expended great effort in analyzing the collapse of the CPSU in 1991. The principal conclusion is that dissolution comes from dissension at the top. Xi admonished the Party in a December, 2012 speech. Analyzing the reasons for the fall of CPSU, he saw individuals and factions vying for power, and “nobody was man enough to stand up and resist.” Xi sees himself as the man to stand up in China now. Loyalty to Xi is the only test of loyalty to CCP.