Cheng Li

Critical Issues Confronting China Summary: Chinese Politics in the Xi Jinping Era

December 5, 2016

In his capstone book of more than 500 pages, Chinese Politics in the Xi Jinping Era: Reassessing Collective Leadership, Cheng Li, Director of the John L. Thornton China Center and Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, examined the work relations of more than 500 Chinese political leaders in a political environment opaque to most outsiders. By challenging the conventional view of China as a static, rigid, authoritarian one-party state, the study aimed to clarify misperceptions in the U.S. about Chinese politics.


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