China’s new government has been in power for roughly six months. Its ruling philosophy, logic and policy orientations and even the leaders’ personality, have received extensive attention from the international community. This is not only because of China's enormous economic size and the economy’s global impact and influence, but also because of the critical role of China’s political power in shaping its future development. After 30 years of economic reforms and rapid economic growth, China's reform process is now at the crossroads: some of the old problems have not been properly resolved, while new problems have emerged. China faces great challenges in domestic and foreign affairs. What the international community is currently concerned about is to find out whether Xi and his Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) colleagues are planning to strengthen and deepen the country’s reform process. At present, China's new leaders’ determination and thoughts of deepening China’s reform process is becoming clear as some strong policy measures in the political, economic and social fields point towards further reforms. If the Chinese government continues to implement reforms, the international community has reasons to remain confident about the future development and stability of China.
Cui Hongjian, Director, Department for European Studies, China Institute of International Studies, Beijing.