torsdag 4. november 2021

Hints of a great recentralization of power in China

The Communist Party of China (CPC) may soon push for the recentralization of political and economic powers from local governments to safeguard sovereignty and maintain social stability if two articles recently published by the party’s theoretical journals are indicative of top leaders’ thinking. The proposal comes as Chinese President Xi Jinping asserts greater control in various areas, ranging from a regulatory clampdown on once free-wheeling technology companies to central interventions in property markets to hard state limits on the amount of time children are allowed to play video games per week.

The articles’ proposed recentralization of local government powers, however, signals a potential wider philosophical turn after decades of gradually devolving key powers from the center to the periphery in the name of administrative reform.