Chatham House Primer: Inside China’s government

How are decisions made in Beijing, across China and where does the CCP fit in?

Members event, Panel
30 November 2022 — 6:00PM TO 6:45PM
Chatham House

Still little is known in Western circles about the inner workings of China’s government. In power since 1949, the ruling Chinese Communist Party has evolved over decades to its current embodiment under President Xi Jinping.

The need for a better understanding of China’s government has been heightened, particularly as the country navigates post-COVID troubles, global economic downturns, wars in Europe, climate change and heightened tension with the United States.

This Primer has been prepared to pull back the veil on the Chinese government. Key issues to be tackled include:

  • What is the decision-making process in China’s government?

  • How is the party–government relationship best explained?

  • How has the party evolved in recent years with new forms of governance and leadership?

  • How has China’s government evolved in recent years, particularly in a globalized environment?

  • A description of the central government–province dynamic?

  • How are citizens engaged in the political process?

  • What are the major centres of power in the Chinese political system?

  • Has the COVID-19 pandemic altered attitudes towards and the operation of government?

As with all Chatham House member events, questions from members drive the conversation.

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