Little Red Podcast

Power Shifts in Xi Jinping’s China1 min read

New balances of power, leveraged to the limit


The Chairman of Everything Xi Jinping has emerged from the annual parliamentary meetings facing a rough year ahead.  China’s economy is growing at its slowest in nearly three decades, amid a massive trade war and spiralling local debt, with rumblings of discontent from delegates about everything from the Belt and Road Initiative to Made in China 2025.  Louisa and Graeme are joined by Andrew Collier of Orient Capital Research and Ryan Manuel of Hong Kong University, who argue that both political and economic decentralisation is underway, laying Xi vulnerable to forces beyond his control. ∎

This is an episode of the Little Red Podcast, hosted by Graeme Smith and Louisa Lim, and is syndicated with permission.

Little Red Podcast

The Little Red Podcast features interviews and chat celebrating China beyond the Beijing beltway. It is hosted by Graeme Smith, China studies academic at the Australian National University's Department of Pacific Affairs, and Louisa Lim, former China correspondent for the BBC and NPR, now with the Centre for Advancing Journalism at Melbourne University. They are the 2018 winners of podcast of the year in the News & Current Affairs category of the Australian Podcast Awards. Follow them @limlouisa and @GraemeKSmith, and find show notes on <a href=”