Chinese party-state politics


published: 23.05.2024

Chinese Timing: Why Xi Delayed the Third Plenum

Following the publication of his article on the “Two Sessions” (Lianghui) of March 2024 (annual plenary meeting of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and China Political People’s Consultative Conference (CPPCC)), Jean-Pierre Cabestan delves into the unresolved question: a third plenum was supposed to be held but was postponed. Why was it postponed? And what can we expect from it?

Under the guidance of Jean-François Di Meglio, Professor Cabestan addresses the following topics:

  • What does a 3rd Plenum usually stand for?
  • What to make of the delay?
  • How to interpret the increasingly lonely path of Xi Jinping?
  • Challenges of the 3rd Plenum (economics, discipline)?
  • What to expect?
  • What is the domestic vision of the recent trips (in China and abroad) by Xi Jinping and other leaders?

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About the speakers

Jean-Pierre Cabestan

Senior Researcher at Asia Centre, Emeritus Senior Researcher at French National Centre for Scientific Research, Emeritus Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University

Political Scientist and jurist specialised in contemporary China and contemporary Taiwan

Jean-François Di Meglio

President, co-founder and contributor of Asia Center, Associate Professor at Sciences Po Paris, Ecole Doctorale Professor at Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), Associate Professor at Université Paris Dauphine - PSL

Specialist in international and asian finance and banking sector