It has long been hoped that China would be integrated into the liberal world order. That particular “China dream” has ended, however, as Beijing seeks to reshape the world order, with itself at the center.
Evidence from social science and history suggests that China is entering a “transition zone” that will threaten its capacity to maintain both authoritarian rule and high levels of economic growth.
Is “authoritarian resilience” in China a passing phenomenon, or is it something more durable?
No one should underrate the will and skill that the ruling Chinese Communist Party will put into keeping its grip on power.
Political renewal is contending with a process of political decay that has yet to reach an end.