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Chinese Activists Test New Leader and Are Crushed

Andrew Jacobs, Chris Buckley
Prominent activist, Xi Zhiyong, is indicted in a harsh warning to the New Citizens Movement. 



[Transcript] One Year Later, China’s New Leaders

J. Stapleton Roy, Susan Shirk, Evan Osnos, Orville Schell
Nearly a year to the day after seven new leaders ascended to their posts on the Standing Committee of China’s Politburo, the Asia Society held a public conversation with The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos; Dr. Susan Shirk of the University of California,...



Throttling Dissent: China’’s New Leaders Refine Internet Control

Madeline Earp
Sara Segal-Williams
Freedom House
This special report is based on the 2013 China chapter of Freedom House’’s annual Freedom on the Net survey. As the home of one of the most systematically controlled and monitored online environments in the world, China will no doubt retain its...

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What Do You Know About China’s Politics?

Ouyang Bin, Zhang Xiaoran
The Liang Hui or “Two Sessions”—the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC)—are the most crowded, most covered, and probably most hilarious annual political events in China. Every March,...

Waiting for the Next Act

Dorinda Elliott
“The Taoists have always spoken of an un-carved block, and I think that we should look on the new Chinese leadership as being something like that,” says Orville Schell, Arthur Ross director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society.

Is Xi Jinping a Reformer? Wrong Question.

Yiyi Lu
Better questions are needed in order to produce more useful analyses and forecasts of China’s political development. Such analyses should start by recognizing two facts: First, the new leadership’s various initiatives and pronouncements after taking...



Will Xi Jinping Differ from His Predecessors?

Andrew J. Nathan
As part of our continuing series on China’s recent leadership transition, Arthur Ross Fellow Ouyang Bin sat down with political scientist Andrew Nathan, who published his latest book, China’s Search for Security, in September.In the three videos...

The New Chinese Gang of Seven

Ian Johnson
In traditional Chinese religion, a fashi, or ritual master, will recite a set of phrases to turn an ordinary space into a sacred area where the gods can descend to receive prayers and rejuvenate the community. The ceremony can last days, with breaks...



New Leaders’ Common Touch Gives Netizens “Great Hope”

from Tea Leaf Nation
Glad-handing with the locals. Kissing babies. Eating fast food. These are tried and true ways that American politicians seek to advertise their common touch; but when China’s new leaders employ these methods, it is greeted as a pleasant surprise,...

Caixin Media


China’s Dream Team

Stephen S. Roach from Caixin
The country’s recent leadership transition was widely depicted as a triumph for conservative hardliners and a setback for the cause of reform—a characterization that has deepened the gloominess that pervades Western perceptions of China.In fact,...

James McGregor: An Open System with Closed Minds

James McGregor
China was a closed system with rapidly opening minds. Today, China is a much more open system with some purposely closing minds.

How Crash Cover-Up Altered China’s Succession

Jonathan Ansfield
The outlines of the affair surfaced months ago, but it is now becoming clearer that the crash and the botched cover-up had more momentous consequences, altering the course of the Chinese Communist Party’s once-in-a-decade...

Ten Ways to Investigate Transition in China

Tom Marshall
How can students learn what kind of place China is today? The Learning Network and The New York Times gathered 10 different ways of looking at the country.



Spotted on Weibo: Chinese Leaders Share a Human Moment

from Tea Leaf Nation
An active Beijing-based micro-blogger named Dongdong Wang recently tweeted this image on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter: {vertical_photo_right}At first glance, it doesn’t look like much: Outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao (left) and outgoing...

China's Powerbrokers Block Reformers

Benjamin Kang Lim
Retired leaders in China's Communist Party used a last-minute straw poll to block two pro-reform candidates from joining the policymaking standing committee, including one who had alienated party elders, sources with ties to the leadership said...