The AIIA prepared a submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Soft Power Review. Click here to see this.
China’s leadership is making it clearer that liberal democratisation will not be the path forward. The recent 19th Party Congress all but confirmed President Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power. However, there are other signs that China’s approach to “Opening and Reform” (改革开放) isn’t heading down the same road as might have been expected in the West. Instead, China is using alterations in the global political atmosphere to tighten its leadership.