Watch the Video: Willy Wo-Lap Lam in Conversation with Peter Martin


About the Event

In recent weeks, news has continued to emerge of corruption at the highest levels of the People’s Liberation Army. Senior military cadres in the equipment procurement departments and the Rocket Force have been investigated, several of whom have been purged. These are in addition to thousands of officials investigated for violations by discipline inspection and supervision agencies over the course of 2023. Meanwhile, Xi Jinping continues to be ruthless in his efforts to bind the Party and the PLA to his will. As Xi’s China deepens its commitment to military preparedness and strengthens Party control of the economy and society, the stakes for understanding China in 2024 are high.

The Jamestown Foundation held an event with Senior Fellow Dr. Willy Wo-Lap Lam and Peter Martin of Bloomberg News. Dr. Lam put these recent events into context, and discussed his latest book, Xi Jinping: The Hidden Agendas of China’s Ruler for Life, recently published by Routledge. At the event, Dr. Lam discuss his work, provided critical insights on recent developments in China, and shared his thinking on what to expect for 2024, finishing with a Q&A.

About the Speakers

Willy Wo-Lap Lam
is a Senior Fellow at The Jamestown Foundation, and a regular contributor to China Brief. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Center for China Studies, the History Department, and the Master’s Program in Global Political Economy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the author of six books on China, including Chinese Politics in the Era of Xi Jinping (2015). His latest book, Xi Jinping: The Hidden Agendas of China’s Ruler for Life, was released by Routledge Publishing in August 2023.

Peter Martin is Global Defense and Intelligence Correspondent at Bloomberg News. He is also the author of China’s Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy (Oxford University Press, 2021). He lived in Beijing for eight years, and is a previous contributor to China Brief.