China’s Chequered Games: Are Xi Jinping’s Days of Glory Over or Will He Prevail?

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In the coming weeks the relative publicity given in the official media to Xi’s close aides like Chen Min’er, Li Hongzhang, Chen Xi, Shen Haixiong and others on the one hand and Communist Youth League leaders like Hu Chunhua, Wang Yang and others will indicate the rising stock of these factions.

It would be cataclysmic if Xi steps down at the next party congress. In such an unlikely scenario, the 6th generation of leaders would have to start afresh with its attendant political uncertainties. Despite all these set-backs, Xi may scrape through, possibly with his wings clipped with reduced majority support among the politburo members and ensuing compromises at all levels of governance.

(Srikanth Kondapalli is Dean of School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He tweets from @Sri_Kondapalli. This is an opinion piece and the views expressed above are the author’s own. The Quint neither endorses nor is responsible for them.)

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