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Will The Trade Conflict Confound China’s Ambitions?

First published: Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre for Global Policy 30/09/2019

The Chinese Communist Party loves its anniversaries—including the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China this year, and on the horizon, in 2021, the party’s own centenary. In celebrating these events, the party seeks to remind Chinese citizens and the world of its indispensable role in China’s past and future economic and political development. Yet, as the 2020s approach, China is being buffeted more and more, including by events outside the country, which are threatening the party’s intense desire for control and stability as well as its capacity to successfully address a confluence of economic pressures building at home.  Read on….