China’s networked leadership

International relations Politics China

After a rocky transition to a new set of leaders, China faces an uncertain future.

Is the Chinese Communist Party guided by a utopian vision borrowed from Mao Zedong, striving to push society towards becoming a Socialist heaven on earth? Or are its values pragmatic, national ones – merely aiming for the delivery of certain key outcomes and leaving the grand ideas to a future that will never come? Is the Party – as prominent Beijing University intellectual Wang Hui has argued – simply a sort of evaluative, structural entity that needs no real ideology but simply allows space for people to thrive and prosper? Or is it something more, embodying a coherent belief system that has real traction emotionally and intellectually in the enormous complexity of modern China?

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