An interesting article in the Guardian today gives the point of view of a woman, Cai Xia, who was until recently an insider of the CCP. Her interview is probably not an objective and complete picture, but it provides some insight about the recent trends within the CCP. She argues that:
Xi Jinping has essentially silenced diverging opinions in the CCP
That shows that the Communist party of China has become a political
zombie. The party has no ability to correct errors. So he
singlehandedly killed a party and a country, showing that even when
confronted with such a major question of altering the constitution,
the party has no power to stop him.
There are many people in the CCP who disagree with the official line
Q: You said in your remarks that many people in the party “know what is going on in their hearts” and that there must be reform. How common is this view?
I think within the CCP 70%, and among middle- and high-level officials
the proportion may be even higher. For many of these cadres, their
thinking was most deeply affected by the reform era under Deng
Xiaoping. When China joined the World Trade Organization [in 2001], we
fully entered the global economy.
Those within the party have experienced the last 20, 30 years and they
understand in which direction is right and which is a dead end. We are
among a group of cadres who took up our positions after reform and
opening. So that is why I say everyone is very clear about what is
The power has become too centralized for Xi Jinping to receive contradictory advice
Because of the power he holds, he can punish whoever he wants so no
one dares to give him different opinions and no one dares to report
the real situation to him. Since people don’t tell him the truth or
hide it from him, he doesn’t necessarily know the truth. So it is
inevitable that he will make wrong decisions.