Xi Jinping’s War on Everything

His ambitious reforms have sparked concern over whether a second Cultural Revolution is taking shape.

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Each August, the Communist Party of China’s top powerbrokers slip away for a super-secret conclave at a beachfront resort in the city of Beidaihe. The event tends to spark China’s annual political silly season, marked by wild speculation about winner-take-all power struggles and imminent challenges to the omnipotence of President Xi Jinping, who sometimes fans […]

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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.