Decoding China – Talking Chinese Politics: Eyes on the 2022 Political Transition

Xi Jinping may rule supreme in Beijing, but he does not rule alone. The intense focus on Xi can obscure important personnel shifts that will inform the next cohort of national leaders, set to be unveiled at the 20th Party Congress in 2022.

On Thursday, March 4 as part of the Decoding China series, MacroPolo experts, Damien Ma and Neil Thomas spoke in-depth about rising stars and emerging trends to watch in Chinese elite politics over the next two years. Their discussion was rooted in Thomas’s recent report on “Eye on 2022: Rising Stars in Beijing.”

About Damien Ma:
Damien Ma is Director of the Think Tank at the Paulson Institute, where he co-founded MacroPolo. He is the author or editor of the books, In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China’s Ascent in the Next Decade. He is the editor of The Economics of Air Pollution in China (by Ma Jun). He currently also serves as adjunct faculty at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

About Neil Thomas:
Neil Thomas is a Senior Research Associate in the Think Tank at the Paulson Institute. Working with the MacroPolo team, Neil conducts research on and develops content related to US-China policies, the Chinese political economy, as well as the global economy.