In theory the national party congress meets every

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In theory, the national party Congress meets every five years to elect the Central Committee. Central committee then elects the General Secretary, Politburo, Standing committee, and the Central Military Commission. v. In practice, the outgoing Standing Committee selects these leaders due to their wealth and influence in the party c. Party control Over State Organizations i. Executive, Judicial, Legislative ii. According to the Constitution: all power belongs to the people as exercised through the National People’s Congress iii. NPC delegates select government officials iv. Takeaway: Constitution says CCP Controls things, CCP controls everything d. Repression of Dissent i. According to the Human Rights Watch: the CCP “systematically curbs fundamental rights, including freedom of expression, association, assembly, and religion, when their exercise is perceived to threaten the state ii. CCP also heavily regulates access to information by restricting space for reporting and access to the Internet iii. Example: Nobel peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo e. Economic and military power i. Since the 1980s, the CCP has expanded China’s economic power, securing its monopoly on internal political power ii. CCP has also built its military power to protect national interests iii. CCP provides effective leadership for implementing capitalist reforms and enjoys political legitimacy due to the higher standard of living and global status iv. CCP recruits entrepreneurs, capitalists and other professionals to convert them into the nation’s top class. The relationship between the elites has stabilized China’s form of authoritarian capitalism f. Internal coalitions i. Populist Coalition Composed of the average citizens within China, primarily concerned with economic growth (Economic inequalities and environmental degradation) ii. Elitist Coalition: Represents the business class, such as Xi Xinping iii. Both are concerned with stability, growth, international status and the maintenance of CCP rule g. The future of China i. Performance Legitimacy Thesis 1. As long as China is performing well (economic growth, high standard of living, reduction of poverty), the CCP will maintain power in the country ii. Modernization Thesis 1. The slow integration of capitalist reforms will eventually lead to the democratization of China iii. Limitations on global capitalist expansion 1. CCP’s hold on power is dependent on its successful integration to the global capitalist economy
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a. Jeopardized by 2007-2008 financial crisis, climate change, and internal conflicts in Latin American and Africa as a result of investments b. Growing inequality has increased public protests i. Corrupt land deals ii. Growing power of police iii. Rational Choice 1/24/18 China’s rise to Great Power 1) What happened at the 19 th congress of Chinese Communist Party?
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  • Spring '07
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  • People's Republic of China, Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il

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