Life of the Party

An Interview with Elizabeth Economy

Xi Jinping has cemented himself as a leader at home and abroad, and the proceedings of China’s Party Congress in October testify to that. We spoke with Elizabeth Economy, the director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, about what to expect from Xi’s ambitious plans over the next five years — and why the U.S. is not as weak in Asia as many think.

Octavian Report: What are the big takeaways from the Party Congress in China in October?

Elizabeth Economy: I think the biggest takeaway from the 19th Party Congress is that Xi Jinping has cemented his institutional authority. He’s done this by having his …

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