“Xi will not have enough time to build up a distinct faction,” Lam said. “He will have to spend a lot of time building consensus within the top leadership because he doesn’t have a distinct faction of his own. So there will be a lot of give and take.”
“Politically, I think things will remain frozen as it’s difficult to get a consensus for political reform,” Lam said.
Additional reporting by Jean Lin, Julie Zhu and Elizabeth Dilts