The website aims to provide a deep look into the social and professional networks of China’s leaders, highlighting the interpersonal relationships that drive business, move markets and shape the political landscape in the world’s most populous nation. It’s a very impressive project that brings together visualization tools and hard data including :
- Tens of thousands of entities – people, organizations, events
- More than 30,000 relationships
- 1.5 million words (equivalent to more than 20 non-fiction books!)
China is notoriously hard to understand. The Connected China project is successful in uncovering relationships within Chinese elite (family, mentorship, rivalry, alliances) and communicating them in an interactive way. The key insight that comes out of this project, seems to be that networks are key to understand how decisions are shaped in China.
Take for example Li Keqiang, the current Premier of the People’s Republic of China and party secretary of the State Council.