As Chinese President Xi Jinping kicks off his second term in office, the first cracks in his seemingly successful efforts to expand his power at home and abroad are starting to appear. In Foreign Affairs, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Asia Studies director Elizabeth Economy describes Xi’s accomplishments and shortcomings to date, warning that Xi may not be able to hold on to his successes if he fails to correct some of his policy mistakes. Her analysis provides a balanced overview of China’s future challenges in realizing its aspiration of becoming a leading player on the international scene.
About the Author
Elizabeth C. Economy is C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.