After the G20 summit concluded in Hangzhou, commentators in China’s party-led media presented proud accounts of how first-time host China successfully steered the meeting on global economic governance. The international gathering benefited from “Chinese wisdom”, according to accounts in party-state media.
One question will overshadow the G20 summit in Hangzhou like no other: Where will global growth come from? The G7 leaders already made that clear at their summit in Japan in May when they declared: “Global growth is our urgent priority.”
The Communist Youth League is where many political careers in China began. China’s former party and state leader Hu Jintao and the incumbent Premier Li Keqiang were groomed in the organization and rose through its ranks before assuming national leadership positions. And as politics in China is often explained with factions, this group of leaders became known as the “tuanpai” (团派), the “Youth League Faction”.
Over the past decade, China has made remarkable strides in its nuclear weapons capabilities. The military parade last September, ostensibly to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Pacific War, rolled out a series of new nuclear-capable missiles in a gesture to underline China’s military advances.