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Samantha Lu is a research assistant with the Freeman Chair in China Studies and the China Power Project at CSIS. Her work focuses on internal politics within the People’s Republic of China, especially the vision for a new regional and global governance order.
Founded in 1921 on principles of Marxism-Leninism, the Chinese Communist Party won its civil war against the nationalist Kuomintang and became a member of the international community with the UN in 1949. Since then, the Party has used its Leninist rule book to build up a powerful military and economic state, while limiting the role of foreign influences in the country’s internal affairs.
The Party’s leadership is centralized in the Politburo and the Politburo Standing Committee, where the top leaders are Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang. The leaders are chosen through a secretive process in which they must prove their ability to run first a town, then a province and finally a region to become eligible to serve on the highest organs of the party. In this way, the Party has maintained its legitimacy in the eyes of many ordinary Chinese, who view its politics as far less arbitrary and nepotistic than those of many other countries. China’s political discourse remains rooted in the idea that struggle (douzheng) and contradiction (maodun) are necessary for any true revolution.
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