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10.17.2014

Rule of Law—Why Now?

Ira Belkin, Donald Clarke, Jerome A. Cohen, Harry Harding, Li Ling, Margaret Lewis, Keith Hand

In a recent essay, “How China’s Leaders Will Rule on the Law,” Carl Minzner looks at the question of why China’s leaders have announced they will emphasize rule of law at the upcoming Chinese Communist Party plenum slated to take place in...

Media

10.15.2014

Jiang Zemin Unplugged

The Editors

Given the leadership styles of Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping, who have been China’s supreme leaders over the past twelve years, it is an almost shocking experience to look back at these two videos (the first of which circulated last week on...

Viewpoint

10.15.2014

How China’s Leaders Will Rule on the Law

Carl Minzner

Last week, as the world watched the student demonstrations in Hong Kong, China’s Politburo announced the dates for the Communist Party’s annual plenary session would be from October 20-23. As in previous years, top leaders will gather in...

Reports

10.01.2014

Avoiding the Blind Alley: China’s Economic Overhaul and Its Global Implications

Daniel H. Rosen

President Xi Jinping announced a sweeping overhaul for China’s economy in November 2013, with pledges to make market forces decisive, treat homegrown and foreign investors with the same laws and regulations, and change the mission...

Culture

09.23.2014

Contact Lenses

Vera Tollmann

Will we all become “Chinese?” International New York Times correspondent Didi Kirsten Tatlow ironically asked recently. The question plays both on our fears over China’s economic power and on reflections on the NSA files released by...

Media

09.12.2014

A New Definition of Chinese Patriotism

Tea Leaf Nation, Rachel Lu

China’s ruling Communist Party has a message for Chinese citizens: You are for us, or you are against us.That’s the takeaway from a widely discussed September 10 opinion piece in pro-party tabloid Global Times, in which Chen Xiankui, a...

Books

09.02.2014

Cities and Stability

China’s management of urbanization is an under-appreciated factor in the regime’s longevity. The Chinese Communist Party fears “Latin Americanization”—the emergence of highly unequal megacities with their attendant slums and social unrest...

Sinica Podcast

08.02.2014

The Rule of Law in China

Jeremy Goldkorn, David Moser, Donald Clarke

This week on Sinica, Jeremy and David are joined by Donald Clarke, a professor at George Washington University where he specializes in Chinese law, for a discussion of what is happening with the Zhou Yongkang corruption scandal, as well as...

Caixin Media

07.31.2014

Ex-Politburo Members Accused of ‘Serious Discipline Violations’ Always Face Courts

Caixin

After much speculation, the axe has finally fallen on Zhou Yongkang, the former public security chief and member of the Politburo Standing Committee, indicating the Communist Party’s campaign against corruption will grant no exceptions to...

Media

07.30.2014

Paper Tiger

Tea Leaf Nation, Isaac Stone Fish, Rachel Lu

For 10 months, the fate of Zhou Yongkang existed in a space of plausible deniability. Respected Western media outlets had reported that the 71-year-old Zhou, a retired official who served as China's much-feared domestic security czar from...

Media

07.30.2014

Say It Ain’t So, Zhou

Tea Leaf Nation, David Wertime

It was an exchange perfectly tailored for modern Chinese politics: alternately unscripted and cagey, chummy but laced with a hint of menace.

Conversation

07.24.2014

Alibaba: How Big a Deal Is It?

David Wolf, Duncan Clark, The Editors

When Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba goes public some time after Labor Day it is expected be one the largest initial public offerings in history. This week, a story in The New York Times shed light on ties between Alibaba and the sons and...

Books

07.23.2014

The New Emperors

Laura Chang

How does one become the leader of the world’s newest superpower? And who holds the real power in the Chinese system? China has become the powerhouse of the world economy and home to one in five of the world’s population, yet we know almost...

Infographics

07.03.2014

Spoils of the ‘Tiger’ Hunt

David M. Barreda, Yan Cong

The Chinese Communist Party announced the expulsion from its ranks of Xu Caihou, who before his retirement in 2012 was one of the highest ranking officers in the People’s Liberation Army. He also became the highest-ranking member of the...

Features

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...

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