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China Analysis Digest #36

Publications from October 28 to November 5, 2021

China Analysis Digest is a weekly published list of new China-related analyses.

Issue: 2021/36

  • Date range: October 28 - November 5, 2021
  • Sources scanned: 100
  • Content: 224 publications from 52 sources
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Beijing’s tech crackdown on ideological misalignment and drivers of inequality

Alexander Mac Dábhaidh | MERICS | November 3

Mac Dábhaidh attributes Beijing’s tech crackdown to the need for tackling “ideological misalignment” and  inequality with two symptoms: “growing alternative power bases and an increasing divide between rich and poor.” He writes:

The party not only wants to align the internet platform’s interests to CCP industrial policy. It aims to reduce the market dominance of China’s tech behemoths to foster greater competition and innovation. However, it remains to be seen what the long-term economic effects of the tech crackdown will be. The big question the Chinese government is surely trying to answer is how might these developments stifle innovation and economic growth, will their efforts at political alignment be confined to the tech giants, or can they afford to  take root in smaller companies too. And if the party’s endeavors only target key players, perhaps they will expect to see a renewed sense of competition within the internet platform sector.

The Third Road: Where Will Xi Jinping Go in 2022?

Ling Li | Made in China Journal | November 1

Li predicts that Xi will stay in power beyond the next Party Congress in 2022 by reactivating the office of Party Chairman, a position so prominently occupied by Mao. She argues that Mao’s precedent gives Xi legitimacy and a roadmap to get there, and that this is “the best solution to deal with the succession issue”. The proposed resolution on Party history, which will almost certainly be passed next week at the 6th Plenum, is seen by Li as a critical culmination of Xi’s ideological drive and a preparatory move for getting to the chairmanship. This is entirely possible. The upcoming resolution on history will provide us with critical clues.

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China Neican, Reading the China Dream, Made in China Journal, China Heritage, China Media Project, China Leadership Monitor, China Brief, Project Syndicate, Australian Financial Review, China Story, ChinaFile, War on the Rocks, Lawfare, The Interpreter, East Asia Forum, China Opinion, China Collection, China Dialogue, Pearls and Irritations, The Strategist, Echo Wall, Asialink Insight, Palladium, Inside Story, Foreign Affairs, Monkey Cage, The Atlantic, The Economist, Los Angeles Review of Books, Sixth Tone, Quartz, China Digital Times, The Conversation, National Review, Internationale Politik Quarterly, The Intercept, The Wire China, SupChina, ThinkChina, The Diplomat, Foreign Policy, MacroPolo, Center for Advanced China Research, Pew Research Center, Congressional Research Service, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Center for Security and Emerging Technology, MERICS, Institut Montaigne, European Council on Foreign Relations, National Bureau of Asian Research, Brookings Institution, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, China Data Lab, Rhodium Group, Asia Society, Australia-China Relations Institute, China Research Group, Center for New American Security, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chatham House, Lowy Institute, Atlantic Council, Observer Research Foundation, Australia Strategic Policy Institute, Politico China Watcher, Politico China Direct, The India China Newsletter, Beijing to Britain, Beijing to Canberra and Back, World Game, Eye on China, The Upheaval, Beijing Baselines, ChinaTalk, Pekingnology, Takshashila PLA Insight, Tracking People's Daily, Beijing Channel, Protocol | China, Chinese Storytellers, Chinarrative, Texas National Security Review, China Law Translate, China Trade Monitor, National People's Congress Observer, What's on Weibo, Chaoyang Trap House, RADII, Paper Republic, Lausan, Hong Kong Free Press, Taiwan Insight, 中国:历史与未来, 爱思想, 《求是》, 中国现代国际关系研究院, 中央党史和文献研究院, 习近平系列重要讲话数据库