China: Xi Jinping and his empire

The risks of autocracy and the challenges facing a rising China have been in focus this week, following the news that President Xi Jinping will hold on to power indefinitely. Here’s the best of our comment and analysis

© James Ferguson

Autocracy is a risky system, even in a country with a solid bureaucratic tradition

The US wants more scrutiny of deals with Chinese companies but critics fear the system will hurt innovation

The end of presidential term limits in China has global implications

China’s strongman Xi Jinping is discarding more than three decades of precedent

Abolition of Deng Xiaoping’s system for political stability cannot end well

Washington mistakenly views its relationship with Beijing as a power struggle

Deals must meet standards of reciprocity, transparency and security

Letter from George Magnus, London, UK