What the Xi Jinping Historic Third Term Means for Japan

A photo of Xi Jinping standing in front of the Chinese flag.


Coverage of the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that took place from October 16-22, 2022 in Beijing has turned the focus onto the absolute authority of Xi Jinping as president of the Chinese Communist Party.

As Xi Jinping begins a historic third term in office, Tokyo’s strategic calculus anticipates stronger Chinese foreign policy actions, especially given signals that he intends to run for a fourth or fifth term. Xi’s “personally vetting” and hand-selecting members of the Politburo Standing Committee reinforces this prospect, as does his declining to select a successor once more.

You can find the full article on JAPAN Forward’s website. This article is part of the [Asia’s Next Page] series on JAPAN ForwardFind other articles in the series by Dr. Jagannath Panda, here.

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