Xi Jinping and China’s global ambitions

Under President Xi, who consolidated his power at this week’s Congress, China is showing a new confidence globally in its cultural, economic and diplomatic model. But how ‘soft’ is its ‘soft power’? Here’s the best of our comment and analysis

Beijing uses technology to try and solve the age-old problem of a centralised system

President Xi Jinping will be in power until at least 2022 with a mandate to spread China’s influence globally

Beijing is gaining confidence that it can mix political control with growth and innovation

The communist leader has revealed enough in his first term to offer clues to his next moves

For China’s modernisation to succeed the roles of state and market must be reconciled

This president has an iron grip on power and a strategy to reach global pre-eminence

From ‘panda diplomacy’ to film and football — how Xi Jinping is trying to boost his country’s appeal