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Xi Jinping Emphasizes Implementing the New Era’s Requirements for Party Building and Further Improving the Comprehensive Party Governance System during the 15th Collective Study of the Political Bureau of the CCP Central Committee
习近平在中共中央政治局第十五次集体学习时强调 贯彻落实新时代党的建设总要求 进一步健全全面从严治党体系

The CCP Politburo holds “collective study sessions” on a semi-regular basis, in which an outside academic or government expert leads a discussion on a selected topic. Such sessions are important signals as to what issues the senior leadership finds important. The 14th collective study session of the 20th Central Committee Politburo was held on June 27, 2024 and was presided over by Xi Jinping. At this session, Xi delivered a speech emphasizing the need to improve and strengthen the Party and its leadership over the government by encouraging Party education and strengthening policy implementation and cadre supervision mechanisms.

Political Bureau of the CCP Central Committee 中共中央政治局
Russia and North Korea Build a “Comprehensive” Relationship: The Driving Logic, Spillover Effects, and Structural Shortcomings
俄朝构建“全方位”关系:驱动逻辑、外溢效应与结构短板

This piece, written prior to the Putin-Kim summit in June 2024, analyzes deepening ties between Russia and North Korea amid an increase in high-level diplomatic visits. The authors argue that the bilateral relationship is entering a new stage, driven by shared assessments of the regional and global order, Russia’s strategic reorientation away from Europe and the West, and mutual diplomatic and economic needs. The authors warn that increasingly close Russia-North Korea ties may further destabilize regional security in Northeast Asia.

Lian Jiaxuan 廉佳璇, Zhao Long 赵隆
The Tilting of Russia's North Korea-South Korea Policy Balance Has Accelerated
在朝韩之间,俄罗斯的政策天平加速倾斜

Li Min, a researcher at the China Institute of International Studies, provides an overview of Russia’s shifting relations with North and South Korea, pointing to increasingly close ties between Moscow and Pyongyang. Conversely, Li suggests, Russia’s previously strong relations with South Korea have deteriorated since its invasion of Ukraine and Seoul’s support for Kyiv. Despite these trends, in Li’s analysis it is unlikely that Russia will completely abandon its relationship with South Korea, just as its burgeoning trade partnership with North Korea has its limits.

Li Min 李旻
The Embarrassment of Taiwanese “Public Opinion”: On the Disenchantment of “Public Opinion” in Taiwan’s Politics
尴尬的台湾"民意”———论台湾政治中"民意”的祛魅

An expert on Taiwan and cross-Strait relations delves deep into the concept of public opinion and its role in Taiwan’s political system. The author seeks to discredit public opinion trends in Taiwan through a variety of arguments, such as by suggesting they are manipulated through strategic question design and often purely a reflection of elite opinion.

Chen Xing 陈星
Analysis of the Results and Impact of Taiwan’s 2024 “Two-in-One” Election
台湾地区2024年“二合一”选举结果及影响分析

Wu Yi, a Taiwan scholar from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, provides an in-depth analysis of the January 2024 legislative and executive elections in Taiwan. Wu suggests Lai Ching-te’s poor performance relative to Tsai Ing-wen in 2020 and gains for the opposition in the legislature foreshadow growing political polarization in Taiwan and uncertainties for cross-Strait relations going forward.

Wu Yi 吴宜
Constructing a Modern Industrial System Centered on Advanced Manufacturing —An Interview with Jin Zhuanglong, Party Group Secretary and Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology
构建以先进制造业为骨干的现代化产业体系——访工业和信息化部党组书记、部长金壮龙

In this January 2024 interview, head of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Jin Zhuanglong outlines China’s strategy for “new industrialization.” Jin emphasizes the importance of upgrading advanced manufacturing through integration of cutting-edge technologies, consolidating China’s leadership in emerging strategic sectors in which it has an advantage, and supporting small firms that might be benefited by application of AI and other technologies in their production methods.

Jin Zhuanglong 金壮龙
Fully Implement the Spirit of the 20th Party Congress to Vigorously Advance New Industrialization
全面贯彻落实党的二十大精神 大力推进新型工业化

This lengthy piece outlines the underlying logic behind China’s new industrial upgrading policy, dubbed “new industrialization.” Jin Zhuanglong, head of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, lays out what he sees as key accomplishments and challenges for China’s industrial system going forward. Jin details steps Beijing will undertake to advance the manufacturing sector, emphasizing the need to better integrate and synergize technology innovation, digitalization, and industrial upgrading.

Jin Zhuanglong 金壮龙
Xi Jinping Emphasizes That Promoting High-Quality and Full Employment Constantly Enhances the Sense of Accomplishment, Happiness and Security of Workers during the 14th Collective Study Session of the CCP Central Committee Politburo
习近平在中共中央政治局第十四次集体学习时强调 促进高质量充分就业 不断增强广大劳动者的获得感幸福感安全感

The CCP Politburo holds “collective study sessions” on a semi-regular basis, in which an outside academic or government expert leads a discussion on a selected topic. Such sessions are important signals as to what issues the senior leadership finds important. The 14th collective study session of the 20th Central Committee Politburo was held on May 27, 2024 and was presided over by Xi Jinping. At this session, Xi delivered a speech emphasizing the need to expand employment, especially for college graduates and younger demographics more broadly, including through policy support for industries with high employment capacity and better aligning talent pipelines with such industries.

Political Bureau of the CCP Central Committee 中共中央政治局
Results and Analysis of the 2024 Taiwan Legislative Yuan Elections
台 2024 年“立委”选举结果及影响分析

Wu Yi, the director of the political economy research department at the Taiwan Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, analyzes Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan (LY) elections, which took place in January 2024. Wu argues that the strong performance of the KMT (Beijing’s preferred party) and TPP in the elections mean the LY will serve as a stabilizing force for cross-Strait relations going forward, given the support in both parties for greater cross-Strait engagement and shared opposition to what Wu frames as the “independence” leanings of Lai Ching-te, then the president-elect from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Wu Yi 吴宜
Lai Ching-te's Outlook on Cross-Strait Policy
赖清德两岸政策前瞻

Zhang Hua, a leading scholar on Taiwan at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, analyzes the likely cross-Strait policies of Lai Ching-te, Taiwan’s newly elected president. Zhang suggests that Lai has and is likely to tailor his cross-Strait approach based on the audiences he is addressing and his various roles—as president, as leader of the Democratic Progressive Party, and as a potential presidential candidate for 2028. Zhang also suggests that Lai’s cross-Strait policy is likely to become sharper-edged in a second term.

Zhang Hua 张华