From soft to sharp power…
80 years after Mao’s original formulation, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China’s United Front Work is being reorganized and strengthened, with a more streamlined organizational structure and clearer prerogatives. Its projection overseas is one particular focus, with a clear policy to zero in on Chinese diasporas.
The times when “doing united front work would not get you great successes; not doing united front work would not get you in big trouble” may well be over for China’s party cadres.
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