Pre- and Post-COVID Chinese Society, Economy, and Politics
Even as the Chinese leadership struggled to cope with COVID-19 over the past three years, Xi Jinping managed to gain an unprecedented third term as president. This research program will analyze how post-COVID Chinese society, economy, and politics has changed from pre-pandemic years, focusing on whether the Xi administration can sustain China’s development as the world’s second-largest economy. Chinese society faces such issues as rising joblessness and income disparity, and the Chinese Communist Party needs to show people that its agenda can lead the country to a brighter tomorrow. The program will also offer recommendations on how the Japanese government and private companies can build a new relationship with China.