Xi Jinping’s Coming Winter of Discontent

His opponents sense an opportunity to make their move.

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At some point, roughly a year from now, the Communist Party of China will hold its semidecennial Party Congress. It’s always a very big deal because, among other reasons, it’s either when the next party chairman is anointed or when they take the reins, depending on the year. It’s also when appointments to the Central […]

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Phillip Orchard is an analyst at Geopolitical Futures. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Orchard spent nearly six years at Stratfor, working as an editor and writing about East Asian geopolitics. He’s spent more than six years abroad, primarily in Southeast Asia and Latin America, where he’s had formative, immersive experiences with the problems arising from mass political upheaval, civil conflict and human migration. Mr. Orchard holds a master’s degree in Security, Law and Diplomacy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, where he focused on energy and national security, Chinese foreign policy, intelligence analysis, and institutional pathologies. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas. He speaks Spanish and some Thai and Lao.