South China Morning Post: China’s Communist Party: The Rules for Reaching the Top and Staying

To mark World News Day on September 28, 2022, the World News Day campaign is sharing stories that have had a significant social impact. This particular series was shared by the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong).

This series sheds light on the Communist Party’s top-table reshuffle, providing context and laying out the implications of decisions that will impact the country and beyond.

Part one explores the rules of the personnel reshuffle and how unofficial retirement conventions will shape the power transition.

Part two looks at the history of the size of the Politburo Standing Committee and how it has grown and shrunk through the decades.

Part three will dive into the qualities needed to be promoted to the top. Taken together, the series leaves an outsized impact in the discourse around China’s ruling party.