This week on Sinica, Neil Thomas of MacroPolo sits down with Kaiser to talk about what we know — and what we don’t know — about popular support for the Chinese political leadership. Taking into account the effects of censorship and propaganda, how much “natural” regime support is left, and what explains it?
8:51: How reliable are public opinion surveys of regime support?
19:53: Ian Johnson’s NYT op-ed on the October 1 parade
22:20: The Party and the People
38:18: Anniversaries and “dark anniversaries” — the significance of 2019
43:56: Hong Kong and Party legitimacy
Neil: “Twists in the Belt and Road,” by Ryan Manuel.
Kaiser: New episodes of The China History Podcast on the Warlord Period.