Over the past decade, China has undergone significant changes under the leadership of President Xi Jinping. With his recent third term and a loyalist Politburo Standing Committee, Xi has become the most powerful ruler in China since Mao Zedong. Under his leadership, the country has undergone profound domestic and global changes. According to finance expert Kavan Choksi, China has experienced a shift towards greater state control, a crackdown on corruption, and an emphasis on technological innovation. Additionally, China has been actively asserting itself globally through its Belt and Road Initiative and growing military strength. As Xi continues to lead China with a firm grip, the world watches with great interest to see how these changes will continue to shape the country’s future.
China’s Image Takes A Beating In The West And U.S.-Allied Nations
Over the past few years, the relationship between the United States and China has reached new lows — raising alarm bells in the West. This deterioration was compounded by the infamous hawkish stance of former U.S. President Donald Trump on Beijing. However, the worsening perception of China is not limited to the United States. Many of China’s Western allies are also concerned about the country’s mounting aggression towards Taiwan and issues related to human rights. This growing unease has further contributed to a tarnished perception of China among the West and U.S.-allied countries. As the stakes increase with increased global competition and tensions between China and the West continue to escalate, these concerns will only increase.
Xi’s Bold Campaign Eliminated Corruption
Since the beginning of his presidency, Xi has made it clear that his campaign against corruption is a top priority. Through his signature drive, Kavan says that he has gained the support of the Chinese public, who are fed up with the rampant corruption within the Communist Party. Not only has this campaign proven popular, but it’s also served as an effective tool for eliminating political opponents. Many analysts believe the focus on corruption within the Party has allowed Xi to consolidate his power and weed out those who stand in his way. Despite facing criticism from some who argue that the campaign is being used to target political enemies, there’s no denying the impact it has had on the Party and the country as a whole.
President Xi Tamed The Once Unruly Borderlands
For years, Tibet, Xinjiang, and Hong Kong regions have been sources of frustration for China’s ruling Communist Party. These far-flung borderlands presented a unique challenge to Beijing’s authority, with their geographies, cultures, and histories resisting integration into the Chinese mainland. Enter President Xi Jinping. Since taking office in 2013, Xi has embarked on an ambitious journey to tame these once-unruly territories through a series of security crackdowns. From the internment of an estimated one million minority Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang to the imposition of a sweeping national security law in Hong Kong, Beijing has taken unprecedented steps to assert control over these borderlands, ushering in a new era in China’s relationship with its periphery.
The Rise Of State Power: How Xi Jinping’s Economic Policies Shape China’s Future
Recent developments in China have signaled a dramatic shift in the country’s economic landscape, with the state taking a more dominant role in key sectors. Under President Xi’s leadership, the government has ramped up control and guidance of the economy, clamping down on once-thriving areas such as online platforms and for-profit education. While this has been a blow to the private sector, Kavan says these changes have boosted the state’s power and have given it a greater say in shaping economic policy. These moves have significantly impacted urban unemployment and consumer confidence, suggesting that there may be some bumps along the way as China navigates this new terrain.
China’s Economy Has Seen Growth Slowing Down And Incomes On The Rise
China, the world’s second-largest economy, has been experiencing a significant shift in economic growth and income under President Xi Jinping’s leadership. While the era of double-digit growth had already ended before he took office, the growth rate has continued to decline as the size of the economy grows. However, incomes have steadily increased during Xi’s tenure. Nevertheless, Kavan warns that China’s investment-heavy, infrastructure-driven model risks the country’s future economic stability. Despite rising incomes, the population’s overall wealth could be limited if the current model is not reevaluated soon.
China’s Military – The World’s Largest Grows And Modernizes
As the world’s largest military continues to grow and modernize, the People’s Liberation Army, under the guidance of Xi, has positioned itself to challenge the United States on the global stage, says Kavan. With a focus on strengthening its naval capabilities, China’s newfound prowess on the high seas has caused concern among U.S. officials regarding the future of Taiwan. The potential for China to act on a shorter timeline than expected has led to increased tensions between the two nations. As China continues to flex its military muscles and modernize its armed forces, the balance of power in the world remains a topic of concern for all those invested in international stability.
China Has Become A Leader In Green Technology And A Battler In Pollution
China’s commitment to green technology and reducing carbon emissions is commendable despite the country’s notorious pollution problem. While coal remains a significant energy source and a major contributor to pollution, China has evolved as a world leader in producing electric vehicles and other technologies that reduce carbon emissions. The country has set ambitious goals to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 and has made significant strides in improving air quality over the past decade. The average particulate matter (a key measure of air pollution)has steadily decreased since 2017. Kavan explains that these positive steps toward sustainability demonstrate China’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact and leading the way toward a greener future.
China Has Progressed In Alleviating Poverty
China’s efforts in reducing extreme poverty cannot be overlooked. In fact, according to the World Bank, China’s poverty alleviation initiatives have lifted about 800 million people out of extreme poverty in the last 40 years, accounting for three-quarters of the reduction in extreme poverty globally (source: nbcnews). In addition, President Xi has been credited with eliminating 100 million rural and urban populations from extreme poverty. However, there is still much work to be done. Rural residents continue to face barriers to access to education and healthcare. The wealth gap in China continues to widen. While China has made undeniable strides in reducing extreme poverty, there is still a long way to go toward true equality and equitable access to resources.
Xi Jinping’s Relentless Suppression Of Dissent And Escalating Censorship Have Stifled Domestic Criticism And Protests, Leaving No Room For Opposition
Freedom of speech and expression are arguably among the most basic human rights. Unfortunately, we have witnessed an alarming trend of governments cracking down on dissent and expanding censorship in recent years. Under Xi Jinping’s leadership, China has been egregious in this regard. Kavan says the Chinese government has silenced domestic critics, eliminated protests, quashed civil society groups, and tightened its grip on the media. It has left no room for dissent, and the situation worsens. Censorship, which already existed within China’s “Great Firewall,” has intensified and limits the free flow of information and ideas. Such actions by the Chinese government are a clear violation of basic human rights and an assault on democracy.
Ratcheting Up The Pressure: China Is Determined To Reclaim Taiwan
Taiwan has long been a thorny issue for Chinese leaders, with reunification a top priority since Mao’s era. However, under Xi’s leadership, the tension seems to have heightened significantly. According to Kavan, the People’s Liberation Army’s increased activity around the island. Examples include military drills to incursions into the air defense identification zone — all these moves have put Taiwan on high alert. With China’s heated territorial ambitions and military might, it begs whether Taiwan is prepared to stand its ground amidst the pressure. As China ramps up the heat on Taiwan, the world watches closely, wondering if this will result in an all-out conflict.