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12.19.2014

Just How Successful Is Xi Jinping?

Ian Johnson, Trey Menefee

Last week, Arthur Kroeber, Editor of the China Economic Quarterly opined that “…the Chinese state is not fragile. The regime is strong, increasingly self-confident, and without organized opposition.” His essay, which drew strong, if...

Media

12.18.2014

Hong Kong, the Resilient City

David Wertime

The tents have folded. After 75 days of camping on the street, braving police crackdowns, occasional civilian attacks, and the city’s (admittedly mild) winter chill, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters have cleared out. As promised,...

Viewpoint

12.16.2014

What Must China and Japan Do to Get Along in 2015?

Allen Carlson, Zha Daojiong

Last week, Akio Takahara, a professor at the University of Tokyo currently visiting Peking University, wrote a New York Times Op-Ed praising recent diplomatic efforts by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and Chinese President Xi Jinping...

Viewpoint

12.16.2014

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...

Infographics

12.15.2014

Is Studying Abroad Worth the Cost?

The number of Chinese students who choose to study abroad has increased by more than 1,000% since 2000. Yet education costs abroad also continue to rise. This infographic looks at reasons why Chinese students are choosing an education...

Sinica Podcast

12.12.2014

Band of Brothers: China and South Africa

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn

Pomp and ritual surrounded South African President Jacob Zuma’s recent state visit to China, a trip that saw China roll out the red carpet in a very uncritical fashion, not often seen these days, with even Xinhua getting into the spirit of...

Viewpoint

12.11.2014

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...

Caixin Media

12.11.2014

Sacked Deputy Reform Commissioner Gets Life in Jail for Graft

A former deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has been sentenced to life in prison for taking 35.6 million yuan (U.S.$5.8 million) in bribes between 2002 and 2012, according to a microblog post from a...

Features

12.10.2014

Why Beijing’s Troubles Could Get a Lot Worse

Few foreigners know China as intimately as Anne Stevenson-Yang does. She has spent the bulk of her professional life there since first arriving in 1985, working as a journalist, magazine publisher, and software executive, with stints in...

Caixin Media

12.09.2014

With New Fund, China Hits a Silk Road Stride

China’s ambitious plan to expand trade links westward into Central Asia in the spirit of the ancient Silk Road is taking shape now that the government has decided to shift foreign currency into a special fund. The State Council will tap...

The BRICS Bank: China’s Drive to Shake Up Development Finance

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (aka the ‘BRICS’) are moving forward with an ambitious plan to shake up the clubby world of development finance. The new BRICS bank announced over the summer 2014 is expected to have a profound...

Environment

11.26.2014

The People’s Republic of Chemicals

chinadialogue

The name of China is almost obscured by a grey smudge on the title page of The People’s Republic of Chemicals, and this image proves to be apt.  This book examines the crisis caused by toxic smogs that periodically choke vast regions of...

Sinica Podcast

11.22.2014

Banned but Booming: Golf in China

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn, Dan Washburn

Despite China’s legal moratorium on the development of the golf industry, a policy driven by concerns over illegal farmland seizures and the potential misallocation of agricultural land and water resources, the golf industry has...

Viewpoint

11.21.2014

What Will Make the U.S.-China Climate Deal Work

Mark Hertsgaard

Nearly everyone agrees that the U.S.-China climate announcement is a big deal, but most observers have overlooked what truly makes it a game-changer: if the world’s two climate change superpowers limit their greenhouse gas emissions, it...

Infographics

11.20.2014

Who Really Benefits from Poverty Alleviation in China?

A series of reports issued by China’s National Audit Office highlights problems in 19 counties that have received funding from national poverty alleviation programs. News of “impoverished counties’” constructing luxurious new government...

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