|April 19, 2016||
Fifty Years Later, How Is the Cultural Revolution Still Present in Life in China?
Guobin Yang, Federico Pachetti & moreFifty 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 & moreIn 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 & moreA 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 & moreThe 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 & moreTwo 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 & moreThis 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 & moreThe 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 & moreBy 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 & moreLast 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 & moreOn 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 & moreChina 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 & moreOn 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 & moreRecent 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 & moreThe 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 & moreWhat 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 & moreOn 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|
|December 9, 2015||
Is China a Leader or Laggard on Climate Change?
Isabel Hilton, Li Shuo & moreAs ongoing climate talks wind down at COP21 this week, participants in and observers of the summit in Paris wrote in to share their assessment of the message coming from the official delegation from China, currently the world’s largest emitter of the...
|Dec 15 2015 - 5:47pm|
|December 15, 2015||
Can an Alibaba ‘Morning Post’ Aid China’s Image Overseas?
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, David Wertime & moreChinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is buying the Hong Kong media group of the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the leading independent English-language newspaper in the former British colony where freedom of the press has resisted control by the Chinese...
|Dec 15 2015 - 9:39am|
|December 3, 2015||
Does the Renminbi’s Elevation to Global Currency Matter?
Arthur R. Kroeber & Zhiwu ChenOn November 30, the International Monetary Fund approved the Chinese renminbi, also known as the yuan, as one of the world’s leading currencies, underscoring the country’s rising global financial importance. What’s behind the decision and what difference...
|Dec 3 2015 - 4:29pm|
|November 24, 2015||
The China Africa Relationship: Crossroads or Cliff?
Cobus van Staden, Eric Olander & moreEric Olander and Cobus van Staden publish the China Africa Project website, whose weekly podcast we are proud to syndicate. As we approach the sixth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit in Johannesburg, we’ve picked up written commentaries...
|Nov 30 2015 - 1:29pm|