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A for details force of China's current leadership
on 26 November 2014
New Emperors, despite it's somewhat cliche'd title, is a truly academic work. Kerry Brown, a diplomat by trade has provided an incredibly insightful expose on the new line-up of Chinese Politics. A key theme of this book is networks and how people benefit from such networks, but it also contains unique insights into the now 7 member Politburo Standing Committee. Of course detailed information on Xinhua Jinping and Li Keqiang are included but also of note is info on the other 5, of particular interest being Wang Qishan.
The first part of the book contains much info on the strongly established Jiang Zemin network and how Xinhua Jumping was able to benefit from this via Zeng Qinghong. However, once Xinhua Jumping's rise is established, the book transfers it's interest to the role of the other 6, their background and networks and their current roles.
The concluding chapter offers an insight into the future for the Chinese Communist Party and how it can respond to the challenges it faces, which may be familiar to China observers, but a worthy read nonetheless.
Having read many books on contemporary China, this is by far and away the most detailed expose on the current leadership and essential reading for any would be Sinologists or followers of current events.