China's domestic politics

China’s international behaviour is driven chiefly by domestic factors. To understand how China’s relations with the rest of the world may evolve, it is essential to first comprehend the domestic complexities of this vast country.

Often talked about in binary or existential terms, China’s domestic politics, economics, society, and culture, lacks the understanding and exposure given to other powers.

Chatham House’s study of domestic China aims to challenge conventional wisdom which sees China as a monolithic player in international affairs. It aims to promote deeper understanding of the different interest groups within China, and how they interact with each other.

Research includes the paradoxes of the Chinese domestic market and its relationship with the ruling Communist Party, the resurgence of nationalism, central-provincial government relations, and understanding the contours of China’s nascent entrepreneur community.