Understanding the nature and intentions of China's new governing elite is one of the most difficult but important concerns of the outside world. But from Xi Jinping downwards, China's internal power games and struggles remain opaque and difficult to understand. ECFR's London office recently hosted a Black Coffee Morning examining the nature of China's elites, hoping to shed some light on their motivations and nature, featuring the head of ECFR's China programme, Francois Godement, and the respected journalist and China-watcher, John Garnaut.
To listen to the entire audio from the event, click here:
A short podcast with John Garnaut on the brutal background to the current Chinese leadership:
“Whatever you think of what they’re doing to China or what they’d like to do to China, I don’t think you can question that these guys are some of the toughest human beings that have ever taken control of a country in modern times. They have personally experienced stuff that we can’t imagine”
A short podcast with Francois Godement on the leadership's ambivalence towards ideology:
“I think that to people like Xi, Mao is the power recipe they grew up with. They are Leninist but they are also Maoist – they know how to struggle, they have done it in hard times. It does not make them programmatic Maoists"
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