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May 24, 2016 How Much Debt Is Too Much in China?
Yukon Huang, Houze Song & more
In the first quarter of 2016, Chinese debt rose to 237 percent of GDP—a level comparable to that of the U.S. or the Eurozone and yet much larger than that of most developing economies, according to analysis by The Financial Times. Additionally, China’s...
May 27 2016 - 1:02pm
May 16, 2016 Escalation in the South China Sea
Julian G. Ku, M. Taylor Fravel & more
International tensions are rising over the shipping lanes and land formations in the South China Sea. Last week, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force scrambled fighter jets in response to a U.S. Navy ship sailing near the disputed Fiery Cross Reef....
May 17 2016 - 12:59pm
May 5, 2016 How Should Global Stakeholders Respond to China’s New NGO Management Law?
Sebastian Heilmann , Thomas Kellogg & more
Last week, China passed a new law that gives broad powers to China’s police in regulating and surveilling the activities of foreign NGOs in China. The law would require foreign groups including foundations, charities, advocacy organizations, and academic...
May 9 2016 - 10:42am
May 1, 2016 Xi Jinping’s New Military Position
Andrew J. Nathan & Tai Ming Cheung
Late last week, China’s news media were filled with images of President and Party General Secretary Xi Jinping touring the joint battle command center of the Central Military Commission, dressed for the occasion in combat fatigues. The occasion for the...
May 1 2016 - 8:04am
April 19, 2016 Fifty Years Later, How Is the Cultural Revolution Still Present in Life in China?
Guobin Yang, Federico Pachetti & more
Fifty years ago this May 16, Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong launched the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, a chaotic, terrifying, and often deadly decade-long campaign to “purify” C.C.P. ideology and reassert his political dominance....
Apr 22 2016 - 1:59pm
February 18, 2016 ‘Rule by Fear?’
Eva Pils, Taisu Zhang & more
In the just over three years since Xi Jinping assumed leadership of China, observers and scholars of the country have increasingly coalesced around the idea that Xi’s term in office has coincided with a shift in the tone, if not the practice, of Chinese...
Apr 20 2016 - 11:45am
April 12, 2016 Should Internet Censorship Be Considered a Trade Issue?
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Susan Shirk & more
A new report from the Office of the United States Trade Representative lists, for the first time, Chinese Internet censorship as a trade barrier. The possible implications are complex: it could strengthen the hand of U.S. businesses, but it also stands...
Apr 15 2016 - 10:37am
April 6, 2016 China in the Panama Papers
Andrew J. Nathan, Bill Bishop & more
The overseas wealth of several relatives of senior Chinese leaders has come to light in an International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) report, part of the analysis by a group of media outlets of more than 11 million documents leaked from...
Apr 7 2016 - 11:23am
March 21, 2016 Cracks in Xi Jinping’s Fortress?
Andrew J. Nathan, Rana Mitter & more
Two remarkable documents emerged from China last week: the first is the essay “A Thousand Yes-Men Cannot Equal One Honest Advisor”—available here in Chinese and translated here into English—which appeared on the website of the Central Commission for...
Mar 24 2016 - 12:16pm
March 11, 2016 Is China Doing Enough for the Environment?
Deborah Seligsohn, Angel Hsu & more
This week, at their biggest annual session in Beijing, Chinese lawmakers are expected to ratify the country’s 13th Five-Year Plan, which contains many new measures to address rampant pollution of the country’s air, soil, and water. Will the plan be able...
Mar 18 2016 - 2:02pm
March 15, 2016 What’s Driving the Current Storm of Chinese Censorship?
David Schlesinger, Anne Henochowicz & more
The latest lightning flashes on China’s shifting media horizon this month took the form of the banishment from social media of a real estate tycoon who voiced support for constructive criticism, the firing of an editor at a newspaper that appeared to...
Mar 16 2016 - 11:44am
March 4, 2016 Xi Jinping: A Cult of Personality?
Jonathan Landreth, Taisu Zhang & more
By some accounts, Chinese Presdient Xi Jinping is the most powerful leader the country has  had since Mao Zedong. One arrow in his quiver that echoes Mao’s armory is Xi’s embrace of popular song, listened to these days not on the radio or over a...
Mar 8 2016 - 4:08pm
February 23, 2016 How Long Can China’s Internet Thrive if the Rest of the World Gets Shut Out?
David Schlesinger, Jeff South & more
Last week, Chinese authorities announced that as of March 10, foreign-invested companies would not be allowed to publish anything on the Chinese Internet unless they have obtained government permission to publish with a Chinese partner. What does this...
Feb 24 2016 - 3:18pm
February 9, 2016 What New Approach Should the U.S. and China Take to North Korea?
John Delury, Seong-Hyon Lee & more
On Sunday, North Korea launched a long range rocket many see as a test of its capability to launch a missile attack against the U.S., defying both American and Chinese pressure not do so. Republican U.S. presidential candidates argued Washington should...
Feb 10 2016 - 10:29pm
February 2, 2016 How Close Was the Latest Close Call in the South China Sea?
Julian G. Ku, Feng Zhang & more
China claims the sailing of a U.S. Navy warship on Saturday into what it calls its territory was needless provocation and an attempt at causing trouble amongst China’s neighbors. What precedent is there for these close calls in disputed maritime...
Feb 4 2016 - 3:07pm
January 27, 2016 Is George Soros Right that China’s Headed for a Hard Landing?
Arthur R. Kroeber, Stephen S. Roach & more
On Tuesday in an article headlined, “Declaring War on China’s Currency? Ha ha,” (向中国货币宣战?“呵呵”) the People’s Daily attacked billionaire investor George Soros for suggesting he might short the renminbi. The Chinese currency has dropped 5.7...
Feb 2 2016 - 8:07pm
January 20, 2016 Beijing’s Televised Confessions
Jeremy Goldkorn, David Bandurski & more
Recent days have seen two more in a long string of televised “confessions” on China Central Television, that of Swedish human rights activist Peter Dahlin and Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai. Did these gentlemen break any Chinese laws? What do these...
Jan 21 2016 - 10:46pm
January 13, 2016 Does Chinese Investment Pose a Threat to Hollywood?
Jonathan Landreth, Stanley Rosen & more
The Wanda Group, China’s leading real estate developer, on Monday paid $3.5 billion for a controlling stake in Hollywood studio Legendary Entertainment, maker of Jurassic World, among other global blockbusters. At a time when Hollywood is increasingly...
Jan 17 2016 - 4:45pm
December 23, 2015 China in 2016
Andrew J. Nathan, Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian & more
What should China watchers be watching most closely in China in 2016? What developments would be the most meaningful? What predictions can be made sensibly? —The Editors
Jan 8 2016 - 2:57pm
January 6, 2016 The North Korean Bomb Test—What's Next?
Barbara Demick, Jonathan D. Pollack & more
On Wednesday, North Korea claimed that it had tested a hydrogen bomb, bringing to four the number of nuclear weapons it has set off on its own territory since 2006. The act drew international condemnation, including from U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-...
Jan 7 2016 - 5:12pm

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