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China Insider #34 | PLA Purges, the 2023 World University Games, and China’s International Reputation

Research Associate and Program Manager, China Center
Senior Fellow and Director, China Center
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China Center Program Manager Shane Leary joins Miles Yu to discuss the recent purges in the People's Liberation Army—rumored for the past few weeks but confirmed on the eve of PLA Day, a national holiday in China celebrating the military's founding. They turn to the 2023 World University Games held in China and how Xi Jinping used this opportunity for political messaging. Finally, they talk about a new Pew Research Center survey revealing that China’s international reputation has reached a historic low.

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On multiple fronts—from ideology to the economy, to the military, to technology—the Chinese Communist Party presents the United States and its allies and partners with their most serious threat since the Cold War—maybe since World War II. What does the emerging consensus about the China challenge get right, and what is it missing? And what will it take to compete to win?

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