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07.02.2014

China’s Fallen Mighty

Ouyang Bin, Zhang Mengqi, David M. Barreda, Youyou Zhou

Political infighting and purges have been hallmarks of the Chinese Communist Party since its earliest days but came to a peak during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, damaging the country and paralyzing the Party itself. When Mao died in...

Features

10.25.2013

Bo Xilai May Have Gotten Off Easy

Ouyang Bin, Zhang Mengqi, David M. Barreda

On October 25, the Shandong High People’s Court rejected the appeal of Bo Xilai, the former Party Secretary of Chongqing who on September 22 was convicted of bribe-taking, embezzlement, and abuse of power and sentenced to life in prison.

Infographics

09.20.2013

China’s Fallen Mighty [Graphic]

David M. Barreda, Youyou Zhou, Ouyang Bin, Zhang Mengqi

Over the past thirty-eight years, twelve of China’s top leaders have been purged. This infographic and the bios of these leaders explain how and why they lost power.

Sinica Podcast

09.13.2013

Petroleum and Purges

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn, Bill Bishop

The Beijing rumor-mill is back on overdrive. With the trial of Bo Xilai only barely concluded and the country now openly speculating on the length of the disgraced politician’s likely sentence, factional battles targeting Bo’s remaining...

Sinica Podcast

08.30.2013

The Trial of the Century

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn, Edward Wong

The spectacular trial of Bo Xilai seized the media’s attention last week as the fallen politburo member—still widely admired in Chongqing and Dalian and heavily connected among the Party elite—defended himself with unexpected vigor against...

Blog

08.28.2013

Beijing, Why So Tense?

Andrew J. Nathan, Isabel Hilton, Ouyang Bin, Shai Oster

Andrew Nathan: I think of the Chinese leaders as holding a plant spritzer and dousing sparks that are jumping up all around them.  Mao made the famous remark, “A single spark can start a prairie fire.”  The leaders have seen that...

Media

08.27.2013

The Surprise Loser of China’s Trial of the Century: Its Corruption Watchdog

Rachel Lu, Tea Leaf Nation

It seems like everybody has something to gain from Show Trial 2.0, a.k.a. the semi-live tweeting of fallen politician Bo Xilai’s day in court.

Viewpoint

08.22.2013

How Bo Xilai Split the Party and Divided the People

Ouyang Bin

After the 1989 Tiananmen Incident, Chinese political struggles became milder and more mundane. Members of the Politburo and politicians of higher rank rarely were toppled (except for Chen Liangyu in 2006) and ideology seldom triggered...

Media

08.22.2013

You Can’t Handle the Truth: Bo Xilai’s Courtroom Performance Wins Fans

Tea Leaf Nation, Rachel Lu

A show trial this is not. But is a twist ending in the major blockbuster “The Life of Bo Xilai” in the offing?

Blog

08.21.2013

Is Xi Jinping Redder Than Bo Xilai Or Vice Versa?

Michael Anti, Shai Oster

Michael Anti: Competing for Redness: The Scarlet Bo vs the Vermilion Xi? Bo Xilai, the fallen Chinese princeling famous for leading a “Red Songs” communist campaign in southwest China’s megacity Chongqing, is on trial today, live-Twittered...

Blog

07.25.2013

The Bo Xilai Trial: What’s It Really About?

The Editors, Jerome A. Cohen, Andrew J. Nathan, John Garnaut

The Editors: China has charged disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai with bribery, abuse of power and corruption, paving the way for a potentially divisive trial. But what’s at stake goes beyond the fate of one allegedly corrupt official:...

Viewpoint

05.13.2013

Maoism: The Most Severe Threat to China

Ouyang Bin

Ma Licheng (马立诚) is a former Senior Editorials Editor at People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s most important mouthpiece, and the author of eleven books. In 2003, when Japan’s then-Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s visits to the Yasukuni...

Books

04.17.2013

A Death in the Lucky Holiday Hotel

Pin Ho

The downfall of Bo Xilai in China was more than a darkly thrilling mystery. It revealed a cataclysmic internal power struggle between Communist Party factions, one that reached all the way to China’s new president Xi Jinping.

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