Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Premier Li Keqiang. Credit: Chatham House via Flickr April’s dismal economic data from China has led many pundits to question whether the combination of crackdowns on the technology and real estate sectors, along with Beijing’s insistence on its zero-Covid stance, is really serving the country well. Some have even speculated that criticism of Xi Jinping and his policies is growing within the upper echelons of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Given the high degree of power consolidation that Xi has carried out in recent years, outright opposition to his continuing rule is very unlikely. However, other senior leaders, especially Premier Li Keqiang, have demonstrated an alternative style of leadership, less ambitious in nature but more consistent in seeking to create a better business environment in China. If history is any guide, Xi could come to see this alternative style as a threat to his power and seek to eliminate it, creating even greater uncertainty in Chinese policy making. Xi has done much to ensure his position Subscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.