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Xi Jinping at Tiananmen Square above his car. Courtesy of PA Images/Yan Yan

Foresight 2020: The Challenges Facing China

Charles Parton
RUSI Journal, 11 February 2020
China, Pacific
The Chinese Communist Party is facing an increasingly challenging domestic and international environment.

The next few years may see the high tide of China’s power. Charles Parton highlights significant domestic challenges which the country will confront, and which may combine with an unfavourable international environment to make the Communist Party’s ambitions unaffordable and unreachable. Parton argues that breakthrough reforms are making slow progress, while President Xi Jinping is imposing a system of governance stripped of past flexibility, and relations with the West will be brittle.

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Author

Charles Parton OBE
Senior Associate Fellow

Charlie Parton spent 22 years of his 37 year diplomatic career working in or on China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In his final posting... read more

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