(Asia Focus, By Cheng Li) I think China’s collective leadership model, which emphasizes deal making and compromise over zero-sum elite competition, is alive and well. It is more enduring and sustainable than most people believe. Regional interests play a key role in China's balance of power. Xi Jinping derives his influence from the coastal and inland regions, but there are still the northeastern, central, and southern parts of China, where coalitions have formed to compete with and constrain Xi’s power. So the Chinese system of checks and balances still works.