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Dalai Lama: China More Concerned About Future Dalai Lamas Than I Am

Mick Krever
"I have no concern," he told Amanpour in London, adding that it is "possible" he would be the last Dalai Lama...

The Chinese Government Is Cranking Up the Nationalism After Its Nobel Win

Gwynn Guilford
In a way, the Nobel honor is a double-whammy for the Chinese government’s nationalist agenda.

China’s Xi Jinping Changes the Odds in Macau

Andrew Browne
If there’s one skill that the U.S. gambling moguls who staked their futures here have mastered it’s calculating the odds.

At U.N., China Uses Intimidation Tactics to Silence Its Critics

Sui-Lee Wee and Stephanie Nebehay
“When I was hiding in the mountains, the Chinese government announced a cash reward of 200,000 yuan (about $31,000) for whoever finds me.”

Artist Ai Weiwei Discovers Hidden 'Listening Devices' in Beijing Studio

Tiffany Ap
"When I found these bugs, I had a strange feeling," he said...

Troubles for the ‘China Model’

Meritocracy has worked for Beijing, but to survive, the system needs more openness.


Date Title Topics/Keywords
09.8.15 Amnesty As a Stepping Stone to Rule of Law
A recent amnesty declaration affecting convicted criminals deemed no threat to society was a poignant reminder of China’s tradition of prudent punishment, support for human rights, and progress toward of rule of law.The recent decision by the Standing...
History, Law, Politics, Society
09.4.15 South Africa’s Inexplicable Love Affair with China
Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden, Phillip de Wet
While the recent economic turmoil in China is prompting a number of African countries to reconsider their growing economic dependence on the People’s Republic of China, not so in South Africa. Both the government and the ruling African National Congress...
09.3.15 Who Is Xi Jinping? Introducing the Asia Society Podcast
Eric Fish
Three years after Xi Jinping took control of China’s Communist Party and assumed the country’s leadership, he has emerged as one of the world’s most powerful people. But his tenure has also raised uncomfortable questions. Is he a reformer bent on curbing...
History, Media, Military, Politics
08.13.15 China: The Superpower of Mr. Xi
Roderick MacFarquhar
In the almost one-hundred-year existence of the Chinese Communist Party (C.C.P.), its current general secretary, Xi Jinping, is only the second leader clearly chosen by his peers. The first was Mao Zedong. Both men beat out the competition, and thus...
07.21.15 Is China’s Reform Era Over and, If So, What’s Next?
Carl Minzner, Jeremy L. Wallace, Taisu Zhang, Kevin Slaten, Fubing Su, Thomas Gold
Fordham Law School professor and regular ChinaFile contributor Carl Minzner says we've arrived at “China After the Reform Era,” a development that’s “not entirely bad” but also has a “dark side.” Minzner’s conclusions, excerpted below, come from a recent...
History, Law, Politics
06.16.15 Does Xi Jinping Represent a Return to the Mao Era?
Andrew G. Walder, Roderick MacFarquhar, Susan Shirk, Orville Schell
Following is an edited transcript of a live event hosted at Asia Society New York on May 21, 2015, “ChinaFile Presents: Does Xi Jinping Represent a Return to the Politics of the Mao Era?” The evening convened the scholars Roderick MacFarquhar and Andrew...
History, Politics, Society
05.5.15 A Byronic Hero for China’s Supremo
A little known vignette about Xi Jinping’s fondness for Song Jiang, a fictional hero in the 14th century classic novel The Water Margin, gives a peek into the private thoughts of China’s most powerful man. For someone born with a red spoon in his mouth,...
History, Media, Politics
04.10.15 Bury Zhao Ziyang, and Praise Him
Julian B. Gewirtz
Zhao Ziyang, the premier and general secretary of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the 1980s, died on January 17, 2005. At a tightly controlled ceremony designed to avoid the kind of instability that the deaths of other controversial Chinese...
History, Media, Politics
04.9.15 Revolutionary Cycles in Chinese Cinema, 1951-1979
A comprehensive history of how the conflicts and balances of power in the Maoist revolutionary campaigns from 1951 to 1979 complicated and diversified the meanings of films, this book offers a discursive study of the development of early PRC cinema. Wang...
Arts, History, Politics
04.1.15 China’s Government Is Serious About Fundamentally Reshaping Itself
Rebecca Liao
Respected China scholar David Shambaugh recently set off a firestorm among other China specialists when he predicted the collapse of China’s ruling Communist Party in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal. Beneath many of the arguments in his defense was...
Law, Politics
03.11.15 Is China Really Cracking Up?
Suisheng Zhao, Arthur R. Kroeber, Ho-fung Hung, Howard W. French, Peter Mattis, Ryan Mitchell, Chen Weihua
On March 7, The Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece by David Shambaugh arguing that “the endgame of Chinese communist rule has now begun...and it has progressed further than many think.” Shambaugh laid out a variety of signs he believes...
Economy, History, Law, Politics
02.12.15 Is Mao Still Dead?
Rebecca E. Karl, Michael Schoenhals, Andrew J. Nathan, Richard Bernstein, Ho-fung Hung, Sebastian Heilmann , Roderick MacFarquhar, Jude Blanchette, Taisu Zhang, Richard H. Solomon, Suisheng Zhao, Stanley Lubman, Robert Kapp, The Editors
“Comrade Mao, whether he was crossing 'a sea of surging waves' or scaling 'a mountain pass impregnable as iron' always held unwaveringly to his course, setting a shining example for the Chinese Communist Party.” —Xi Jinping“‘These mountains so decorated...
Education, History, Politics, Society
01.28.15 ‘I Don’t Know Where Some Cadres Get Their Magical Powers’
The Editors
Earlier this month, at the close of the Chinese Communist Party’s 5th Plenum, the official People’s Daily noted on its website that as this important agenda-setting meeting came to a close it was worth paying attention to the recent publication of a book...
Media, Politics
01.23.15 South Africa: China’s BFF in Africa
Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden, Kemo Bosielo
South Africa is emerging as one of China’s most important international partners as the relationship deepens across all levels. Economically, South Africa is the source of more Chinese investment than any other country on the continent. However, this...
12.16.14 Why Marx Still Matters: The Ideological Drivers of Chinese Politics
Rogier Creemers
In days of greater political brouhaha, “to go and see Marx” used to be a slang expression among Chinese Communists, to refer to death. More recently, a considerable number of commentators have pronounced the expiry of Marxism itself. China’s reform path...
Economy, History, Law, Politics
12.11.14 Here Is Xi’s China: Get Used To It
Arthur R. Kroeber
The prevailing mood among China-watchers in 2014 was one of anxiety and skepticism. The year began in the shadow of Chinese assertiveness in the East and South China Seas. Economic concerns quickly took over: by February the property market seemed on the...
Business, Economy, Politics
12.8.14 Happy Friday, Zhou Yongkang
Alexa Olesen
Eight minutes after midnight on Friday, the axe fell on Zhou Yongkang: a terse news release from state-run Xinhua news agency said that China’s former security czar Zhou had been expelled from the Chinese Communist Party, his case handed over to China’s...
Media, Politics
12.5.14 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 these mighty men fell. Download the high-resolution graphic.
History, Law, Politics
12.5.14 China’s Fallen Mighty [Updated]
Ouyang Bin, Zhang Mengqi, David M. Barreda, Youyou Zhou
(This feature first appeared on September 19, 2013 and was most recently updated on December 5, 2014.)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...
History, Law, Politics
11.20.14 ‘China Strikes Back’: An Exchange
Perry Link, Orville Schell
Letters in response to: “China Strikes Back!” from the October 23, 2014 issue of The New York Review of Books.To the Editors:In “China Strikes Back” [NYR, October 23], Orville Schell sounds a much-needed wake-up call about China’s recent attitude toward...
Economy, Politics