Shifting Chinese top-leaders have seen vested interests as a disruptive driver in Chinese politics. Former general secretary, Hu Jintao, and his successor, China’s current top leader, Xi Jinping, have stated that the party-state system may collapse if vested interested are not tackled by their roots. This lecture asks what is vested interests and what is the basis for assuming that such interests are detrimental to the maintenance of contemporary Communist Party-state rule? The lecture will look at how vested interests form ad why; how they exert their influence; and how they play into policy making and elite politics in China. Cases of vested interests in the energy sector will be discusseed. The energy sector has often been associated with strong political and factional interests in China.

Jørgen Delman has been working with China for 45 years. His recent publications on China focus on state-business and state-society interaction, climate change and renewable energy politics, climate governance at city level, urban sustainable development, and energy security.