President Xi Jinping and his colleagues certainly know how to throw a party. On October 1, 2019, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic, he used a euphoric rally to declare that no force could ever undermine China’s status, or stop the Chinese people and nation from marching forward.
With the grand celebrations over, Chinese and foreign audiences are left wondering what comes next. The recent Fourth Plenum of the 19th Party Congress shed some light on what the priorities are for the Chinese Communist Party in the lead up to its next big milestones, the centenary of the Party in 2021 and the centenary of the country in 2049. The answer is a straightforward one – make the party more resilient in the face of the challenges of an increasingly complex and unpredictable world.