Xi Jinping: The Backlash

Xi Jinping became General-Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party in late 2012, and also took up the role of President in early 2013. Xi has radically transformed his country, but his aggressive approach has provoked a backlash, both internally and externally. McGregor, an Australian journalist and author, has sought to show how Xi’s political program has perplexed and exasperated Chinese officials, and has engendered consternation, fear and anger in Asia and throughout the West. In this course, we will briefly consider McGregor’s career and writings, and then examine the structure and main arguments of McGregor’s book: Xi Jinping: The Backlash.

This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.



  • The author and his work: Richard McGregor – Australian journalist and author.
  • The structure of: Xi Jinping: The Backlash.
  • The key arguments of: Xi Jinping: The Backlash.


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the contribution of Richard McGregor to the study of Chinese and international security affairs.
  2. Comprehend the structure of: Xi Jinping: The Backlash.
  3. Appreciate the arguments of: Xi Jinping: The Backlash.

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