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Anti-Corruption Forever? Xi Jinping’s Signature Policy in a Fraught Political Year

Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping’s five-year old anti-corruption crackdown has made him popular with many Chinese, but has also reportedly earned him enemies and has partially paralyzed China’s bureaucracy. As the party prepares for its 19th Party Congress in late 2017, has the crackdown helped Xi consolidate his grip on power and has it positioned him to orchestra a smooth transition to a new leadership at the 20th Party Congress in 2022?

This program analyized the prospects and perils of an open ended anti-corruption crackdown in China by two of America’s leading experts on the issue.



  • Robert Daly

    Director, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States


  • Donald C. Clarke

    David Weaver Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School


  • Andrew Wedeman

    Professor, Department of Political Science, Georgia State University