The visit by French President Macron and European Commission President Von der Leyen to China shows that a fragmented European approach can easily be taken advantage of by Beijing.
The time between the Chinese Communist Party Congress in October last year and the beginning of the new term of the National People’s Congress in March may seem like a political off-season. However, this transitional period between the selection of the Party leadership and the new State Council is filled with the reshuffle of numerous vital posts, including in the provincial leadership teams. These personal moves can say a lot about the dynamics of power within the party.
While Xi Jinping emerged as an uncontested winner from the Party Congress, he faces significant governance challenges ahead.