Global Opinion of China Has Deteriorated Under Xi 

washington —  As Chinese President Xi Jinping prepares to accept a precedent-breaking third term in office at a Communist Party summit in October, a new study of global public opinion trends shows how views of China in the United States and other advanced economies have declined throughout his tenure. In recent years, those declining views worsened following Beijing’s mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak, according to the Pew Research Center. Xi took office in 2012, when global public opinion of China had been relatively consistent. Then in 2017, polls indicated that…

Xi Jinping ‘warns his opponents’ with suspended death sentences to former top cops

By: Tang Yuanyuan for RFA Mandarin Authorities have handed down suspended death sentences to two formerly high-ranking security officials ahead of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s 20th party congress next month. The Changchun Intermediate People’s Court in the northeastern province of Jilin handed down a death sentence, commutable to life imprisonment after two years, to Sun Lijun, a former vice minister of public security, for taking bribes, manipulating the stock market, and illegal possession of firearms. “After the expiration of the two-year reprieve, his sentence will be commuted to…

Xi Jinping’s Quest for Complete Control Over China Is a Crown of Thorns

The “Core” of the Party (Dang de hexin) is a title designating Xi Jinping since 2018, soon after he rescinded the obligatory two-term model of governance that Deng Xiaoping established in 1978, via a constitutional amendment during the 18th Party Congress. Why did Xi choose to disrupt a system and transitions of power that had been operating smoothly for more than three decades? Why has he chosen to anoint himself a leader cast in the mould of Mao Zedong and move away from the collective leadership model espoused by Deng?…

The U.S. and EU brace for Xi Jinping’s third-term challenge

European Union and Chinese flags are seen at the Europa building in Brussels. | John Thys/FILE via AP Hi, China Watchers. With China’s 20th Party Congress just 17 days away, we’re tackling some of the key issues that President Xi Jinping’s looming third term poses for China-U.S.-EU relations through a discussion with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and French legislator Benjamin Haddad. We’ll also check under the hood of the Sept. 28-29 U.S.-Pacific Island Country Summit, scrutinize Mike Pompeo’s latest Taiwan independence declaration and profile the fourth in a series of…

Opinion of China in Advanced Economies Sours ‘Precipitously’ Under Xi

BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Public opinion towards China in the United States and other advanced economies has turned “precipitously more negative” under President Xi Jinping, according to a global survey by the Pew Research Center. Xi, 69, is widely expected to win a precedent-breaking third five-year term as leader at a Communist Party congress that begins in Beijing on Oct. 16, securing his status as China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong. While China’s economic rise and its investments were seen as a positive for some Latin American, Middle Eastern…

Global opinion of China has nosedived under Xi Jinping’s rule, Pew survey shows — Radio Free Asia

China’s global image took a “precipitously more negative” turn after President Xi Jinping took office in 2013, with Beijing taking the blame for the COVID-19 pandemic while also facing criticism for its human rights record, military posture and economic policies, data from a Washington-based research group showed.     Ahead of the Chinese Communist Party’s 20th National Congress in October, the Pew Research Center on Wednesday published a report drawing on 20 years of surveys from more than 60 countries. “The people are basically good, but leader Xi is too controlling and…

Rumors of a ‘coup d’état’ quashed, Xi gears up for an unprecedented third term

Xi is expected to be re-appointed as leader of the party and military commission at the meeting after he abolished the two-term limit in 2018 and waged a years-long anti-corruption campaign that also targeted many political opponents. On Sunday, the state media announced the list of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) central committee delegates, numbering almost 2,300, had been finalized. Xi’s inclusion on the list further refuted social media rumors that had been swirling since September 24 of a military coup. The unfounded claims, accompanied by unsourced videos of military vehicles…

Mystery as Xi Jinping not seen for 10 DAYS and China rocked by rumours he’s been ‘ousted by top general in coup’

CHINA is awash from rumours of Game of Thrones-style plotting as the intrigue rocks the Communist Party. President Xi Jinping has not been seen in public since he returned from a summit of Uzbekistan on September 16. 3 Chinese President Xi Jinping during his last public appearence on September 16Credit: Reuters His ten day absence from the public eye has sowed the seeds of rumour and speculation ahead of a key meeting next month of the Communist Party. The Chinese state has not officially commented – but their state media…