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China’s Communist Political System and Global Ambitions

You will gain a thorough understanding of how China’s political system works, find out what Xi’s “China Dream” really means and how China sees its role in the world.

In business it is critical to understand what drives the countries that you deal with. If you are already working in the financial sector, engineering, AI, manufacturing, the field of semi-conductors, supply chain management, or you want to get a job in any organization that interacts with China, then this is the course for you!

This course is CPE/CPD certified.

China’s Communist Political System and Global Ambitions

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Starts Jan 21
Ends Jun 30
Estimated 3 weeks
2–4 hours per week
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About this course

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The Chinese Communist Party is the biggest, best-organised and most powerful political force in the world. Understanding what motivates Xi Jinping and other top Chinese leaders, how they wield their power and how they think, is vital for anyone trying to figure out China and its global ambitions.

You will learn how the Communist Party sprang up in China a century ago. How it progressed from Mao Zedong, to Deng Xiaoping and to Xi Jinping today and how it is structured and operates and what internal and external challenges it faces. China’s political process is often described as a black box. After this course you will be much better equipped to decipher the contents of that box.

Unbiased analysis, real-life examples and practical guidance will equip you with the analytical frameworks and tools to apply to your investment and business decisions, risk assessments or policymaking. You will learn directly from Enodo Economics’ team of experts, who together have over 250 years of experience focused on China’s economy, its politics and markets and its culture.

We make use of specially shot online teaching videos that are produced to a high professional standard. The material, carefully tailored to complement the content of each course, includes interviews with relevant figures whose personal stories bring to life the concepts being taught. Imaginative visual aids and animation are designed to enhance the learning experience – and make it fun.

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What you'll learn

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  • How the CCP became the most successful Communist party on the planet
  • Whether rising living standards will spill over into popular demands for democracy and human rights in China
  • What Xi Jinping’s ambitions are, what his vision for the belt and road initiative is and whether his unchecked power over the People’s Republic of China is a good thing for party progress and economic development
  • How the Party sees Taiwan, Hong Kong, the South China sea, its role in Asia and its interaction with the United States and other Western powers
  • Whether The Great Decoupling - the bifurcation of the world economy into an American and a Chinese sphere of influence - is a risk or an opportunity for China

Chapter 1: The CCP’s origins, philosophy and ambitions

Chapter 2: The Cultural Revolution, economic modernisation and Tiananmen Square

Chapter 3: China after its accession to the World Trade Organisation, the Global Financial Crisis and Xi’s ascent to power

Chapter 4: Xi’s: “China Dream” and China’s economic and strategic goals

Chapter 5: The Great Decoupling – China and the US as strategic geopolitical rivals

Learner testimonials

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Janet L. Yellen : United States Secretary of The Treasury; Chair of the Federal Reserve from 2014 to 2018

“Understanding the Chinese economy is not for the fainthearted. You have to make sense of the data but also be able to put it in the context of industrial policy, Beijing’s political priorities and so on. I liken it to doing a jigsaw without being able to see the picture on the box. Yet that’s what Diana Choyleva does so well in her regular commentary, which I’ve really enjoyed following, and now with the Enodo Economics program she’s put together for edX. Take the courses and you’ll learn not only how to put the various pieces of the China puzzle together, you’ll get to see the whole picture.”


Orit Gadiesh: Chairman Bain & Co

“China matters. Even more than you realise. If you want to thrive and succeed in business, consulting, investing or policymaking you must really understand China and how it shapes the world. This EdX programme created by Enodo Economics will help you do just that and stay at the top of your game. It’s rare to find unbiased, thoughtful and practical teaching by great communicators, but this is it. An indispensable guide.”

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