China and Inner Asia
Organized Panel Session
The rise of China has become the defining economic and geopolitical development of the 21st century. To fully understand the rise of China and its profound implications, it is necessary to examine the broad ideas driving the regime’s agendas and policies. Under the current President Xi Jinping, the Chinese Communist regime has again elevated the role of ideology in Chinese politics and society. How do we understand this phenomenon? What are the changes and continuities in Chinese ideology throughout history, including the Maoist era and the post-Mao era? How does contemporary Chinese ideology draw upon, and diverge from, previous efforts to justify regime rule and present the country with a grand vision? By assembling a group of historians and political scientists specializing in Chinese political thought, this panel seeks to answer these theoretically and empirically important questions by adopting a historical perspective that examines the evolution of Chinese ideology across different periods of time, including the pre-PRC period, the Maoist era, the Hu Jintao administration, and the present time under Xi.