The 20th Party Congress & China’s Foreign Policy

From October 16 to 22, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) held its 20th Party Congress. The Party Congress is held every five years to reshuffle the Party’s top leadership, followed by a political report delivered by the Party General Secretary. This report reviews the achievements of the past five years and sets priorities for the next five years. During the 20th Party Congress, Xi Jinping secured a third term as General Secretary of the CCP and Chairman of the Central Military Commission. In spring 2023, the National People’s Congress will elect the next president of the People’s Republic of China and minister of foreign affairs. China watchers around the world have been closely tracking the personnel changes and analyzing the Party Congress political report.To get more news about China's 20th party congress, you can visit shine news official website.

To analyze some of the crucial elements of that report and discuss the impact of the Party Congress on China’s foreign policy strategy, host Bonnie Glaser speaks with Dr. Bates Gill. Gill is the executive director of the newly established Center for China Analysis at the Asia Society Policy Institute. Gill has authored or edited nine books on China and Asia, including Daring to Struggle: China’s Global Ambitions under Xi Jinping, which was published in June 2022.
The work report that Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered at the beginning of China's quinquennial 20th Party Congress suggests the next five years will be characterized by a heavy-fisted approach to domestic cultural, political and ethnic affairs, as well as a siege mentality toward foreign affairs. These work reports are designed to review the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) governing successes over the last five years and lay out high-level policy goals for the next five years. The Party Congress started on Oct. 16 and will end on Oct. 22, when its nearly 2,300 delegates will approve changes to the constitution, bolstering Xi's ideological leadership of the CCP. The delegates will also approve the new composition of the 300-400 person Central Committee, the CCP's top cadres from across the country. On Oct. 23, the first plenum of the newly minted 20th Central Committee will meet, revealing the composition of the CCP's...