Title

The Anti-Corruption Struggle in Xi Jinping’s China: An Alternative Political Narrative

Author Information

Kerry Brown

Date of Publication

2018 12:00 AM

Security Theme

Political Stability

Keywords

Xi Jinping, Corruption, Communism, Chinese Communist Party

Description

The fact that the extensive anti-corruption struggle that has consumed China since 2013 is highly political is widely accepted and understood. But the question is precisely what political strategy it is directed at – that of bolstering the position of the current supreme leader, Xi Jinping. Or for the preservation of the Party itself. There is a huge difference between these. The first simply means in effect the replacement of one corruptible elite by another. The second means a titanic struggle to change the Chinese communist party culture of power, and to make it enduring and sustainable.

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Jan 1st, 12:00 AM

The Anti-Corruption Struggle in Xi Jinping’s China: An Alternative Political Narrative

The fact that the extensive anti-corruption struggle that has consumed China since 2013 is highly political is widely accepted and understood. But the question is precisely what political strategy it is directed at – that of bolstering the position of the current supreme leader, Xi Jinping. Or for the preservation of the Party itself. There is a huge difference between these. The first simply means in effect the replacement of one corruptible elite by another. The second means a titanic struggle to change the Chinese communist party culture of power, and to make it enduring and sustainable.