China’s 19th Party Congress: Leadership, Decision-Making, and Political Succession

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China’s 19th Party Congress of October 2017 is a landmark in Xi Jinping’s leadership. Predictably Xi was “re-elected” as general secretary and he began his second term in a new position of strength, although he is still subjected to a number of constraints. The important personnel changes at the Party Congress will be fleshed out at the National People’s Congress in early March 2018 when Premier Li Keqiang forms his cabinet. This will provide more clues to the continuities and changes in China’s leadership changeover, decision-making specifics, and the pattern of political succession. In addition to these issues, the paper will also attempt to address the opportunities and challenges confronting the Xi Jinping leadership. As such, the paper is a third in a series of talks about the 19th Party Congress sponsored by the Asian Institute.


Dr. Alfred L. Chan is professor of political science at Huron University College, London, Ontario. An alumnus of the University of Toronto, he has maintained his affiliation with the university (and the Asian Institute) since graduation. Current research projects include one on power and policy during the Xi Jinping era and another one on the Hu Jintao era.


Mayumi Yamaguchi
(416) 946-8996


Alfred Chan
Professor, Department of Political Science, Huron University College

Sida Liu
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto

Lynette Ong
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Asian Institute


East Asian Seminar Series at the Asian Institute

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