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

J. Stapleton Roy, Susan Shirk & more
<p>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 <a href="" target=...



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

Madeline Earp
Sara Segal-Williams
Freedom House
<p>This special report is based on the 2013 China chapter of Freedom House’’s annual <em>Freedom on the Net</em> survey. As the home of one of the most systematically controlled and monitored online environments in the world, China...

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What Do You Know About China’s Politics?

Ouyang Bin & Zhang Xiaoran
<p>The <em>Liang Hui</em> 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...



Will Xi Jinping Differ from His Predecessors?

Andrew J. Nathan
<p>As part of our continuing series on China’s recent leadership transition, Arthur Ross Fellow <a href="" target="_blank">Ouyang Bin</a> sat down with political...

The New Chinese Gang of Seven

Ian Johnson
<p>In traditional Chinese religion, a <em>fashi</em>, 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...



New Leaders’ Common Touch Gives Netizens “Great Hope”

<p>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...

Caixin Media


China’s Dream Team

Stephen S. Roach
<p>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...



Spotted on Weibo: Chinese Leaders Share a Human Moment

<p>An active Beijing-based micro-blogger named Dongdong Wang recently tweeted this image on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter:&nbsp;{vertical_photo_right}</p><p>At first glance, it doesn’t look like much: Outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao...



A Conservative Commentator Calls Out Chinese Liberals, and Liberals Shout Back

<p>Speech on the Chinese Internet, it seems, is beginning to thaw once more following the country’s leadership transition. After months of speculation, new Chinese leader Xi Jinping was announced on November 16 at the close of the 18<sup...



Age of China’s New Leaders May Have Been Key to Their Selection

Susan Shirk
<p>Earlier this week, before the new Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) and Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party were announced, <a href="../../node/2177">I argued</a> that the Party faces the difficult problem of...



The Future of Legal Reform

Carl Minzner
<p>Carl Minzner, Professor of Law at Fordham University, talks here about the ways China’s legal reforms have ebbed and flowed, speeding up in the early 2000s, but then slowing down again after legal activists began to take the government at...



Change in Historical Context

Peter C. Perdue
<p>China’s Communist Party has only ruled the country since 1949. But China has a long history of contentious transfers of power among its ruler. In these videos, Yale historian, Peter C. Perdue, an expert on China's last dynasty, the...



Are You Happier Than You Were Ten Years Ago?

J. Michael Evans
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> <p>“Many Chinese feel that they have not participated in the economic benefits of an economy that has...



China’s Next Leaders: A Guide to What’s at Stake

Susan Shirk
<p>Just a little more than a week after the American presidential election, China will choose its own leaders in its own highly secretive way entirely inside the Communist Party. What’s at stake for China—and for the rest of the world—is not...

Sinica Podcast


Eighteenth Party Roundup

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn & more
<p>This week on Sinica, our hosts Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn are joined by Gady Epstein from the <em>Economist</em> and we turn our attention to the Eighteenth Party Congress, which officially started in Beijing earlier this...