Peering Inside the ‘Black Box’

China’s Leadership Transition at the 18th Party Congress

Just hours after the United States voted for its next president, China, too, is preparing for a leadership change—although much less is known about that process, which begins Thursday with the start of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. In an attempt to shed light on this opaque political exercise, the Asia Society together with the editors of ChinaFile have conducted a series of studio interviews.

Orville Schell, Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society, begins the series.