Minxin Pei | Xi Jinping unbound?
Xi has emerged from 2017 more powerful than ever. The question now is whether he can use that power to translate his vision for China into reality, says Minxin Pei
China has defied expectations yet again. President Xi Jinping, the chief of the Communist Party of China (CPC), was widely expected to face his toughest test so far in October, when the CPC convened its 19th National Congress to choose its next leadership. Though Xi was guaranteed a second five-year term, it was thought that he would run into serious opposition if he refused to appoint a successor. But he did just that—and the opposition never materialized.