"Centralization of power is weakening the Party"

Young China Watchers (YCW): Your 2015 Foreign Affairs article argued that President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign, centralization of power, and crackdown on dissent is weakening, rather than strengthening, the party. In light of the recent rumors around a letter calling for Xi’s resignation, how do you assess the strength of the party one year on?

China fights for Iran deal to fulfill its own geo-economic interests

The Chinese government was clearly relieved when US President Donald Trump decided last Friday to leave the nuclear deal with Iran intact – at least for now. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said that all parties should “cherish” the hard-won deal and keep in mind the “larger picture” and “long-term interests.” He also voiced Beijing’s displeasure with the new sanctions the Trump administration imposed outside the Iran deal framework.