Whither Xi? Whither CCP? Whither China?
There are many questions about the direction in which Xi Jinping is taking China and CCP. A question left over from the World War II days is when will China democratize? Even today, that remains a pertinent question for some observers, including CCP theoreticians. Another – will CCP collapse? Internal political weaknesses apparent from the Bo Xilai fiasco are now obvious to the world. A third – is Xi Jinping a reformer (of sorts) with a master plan to restore China and purify CCP to ensure its dominance? Will he have to destroy CCP in order to save it?
This is first of a series of posts perusing these questions. Each post can stand alone. This first post is just background reading – a set of references. I briefly review work from well-known China hands, including Minxin Pei, David Shambaugh, Cheng Li, Willy Lam, Andrew Nathan, and Carl Minzner. This is a long post, mostly for the reader who wants to read the original articles. Subsequent posts attempt to answer whither Xi, whither CCP, and whither China.
The list of posts is below.