August 1, 2019

The PLA will always be the Party’s army. China’s latest national defense white paper, released on July 24, highlights the imperative of adherence to the Party’s “absolute leadership” (绝对领导). Tellingly, the requirement...

November 27, 2018

Xi Jinping at the 10th BRICS summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 26, 2018. [Li Xueren/Xinhua]

In his remarks at the 19th Party Congress, Xi Jinping articulated the objective of building China into "a global leade...

June 25, 2018

China is actively seeking to lead in setting technical standards across a range of emerging industries, from ultra-high voltage (UHV) transmission to artificial intelligence. For China, the development of indigenous st...

April 18, 2018

At a time when Xi Jinping is reasserting the CCP’s power and authority, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has intensified its exploration of new methods for “political work” (政治工作). The concept of political wo...

January 15, 2018

Throughout the history of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the use of propaganda has been a critical enabler of its capability to bolster legitimacy and reinforce social control. Even as the efficacy of such propagan...

November 15, 2017

Part 2:

While seeking to leverage AI to enhance its performance legitimacy, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is also taking advantage of the potential of AI and big data to bolster its capacity for control. China’s New...

October 31, 2017

Part 1: 

To write of China’s “rise” in artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer unexpected. There has been regular reporting on China’s advances in AI, often highlighting the rapid increases in the numbers of publicati...

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