Xi Jinping is one of the world’s most powerful leaders and will remain so for many more years if, as expected, he secures a third term as Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) at the forthcoming 20th National Congress of the CCP. Despite being in power for close to a decade, he is also a man that remains a mystery to much of the world. Join Dr Joseph Torigian, one of the premier scholars of the Chinese leader and elite politics, as he discusses Xi’s early years and rise to power and what that reveals about the Chinese leader’s worldview and agenda. The event will be moderated by Richard McGregor, the Lowy Institute's Senior Fellow for East Asia.
Joseph Torigian is Assistant Professor at the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC and a Global Fellow in the Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program. Previously, he has been affiliated with the Australian National University, the Council on Foreign Relations and Princeton–Harvard’s China and the World Program. He completed his PhD at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and was a Fulbright Scholar at Fudan University in Shanghai. His new book, Prestige, Manipulation, and Coercion: Elite Power Struggles in the Soviet Union and China after Stalin and Mao, was recently released with Yale University Press, and he has a forthcoming biography on Xi Jinping’s father with Stanford University Press.