For prior posts in this series, see Whither Xi? Whither CCP? Whither China?
Whither China? post #3 - Question 1 - CCP authoritarian resilience … or not
In the early Hu Jintao years, it did seem as if CCP was impervious to assault. Over the decades, it weathered murder of landlords in the early years, then the Great Famine, then the Cultural Revolution, then Tian’anmen, then cancelling of dozens of millions of jobs in the late 1990s, and environmental and tainted food and land theft mass protests every year since. Authoritarian resilience is the term coined by Joseph Nye in 2003 for this tough stability.
But since the last years of the Hu administration, and now forcefully with Xi, resilience is not how observers see CCP, and most decidedly, not how CCP sees itself.