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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...

Caixin Media

12.15.2014

China, Russia Near Deal for Wide-Body Aircraft

Russian and Chinese aircraft manufacturers are preparing to cooperate to help China meet soaring demand for new jumbo jets without kowtowing to industry heavyweights Airbus and Boeing.

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...

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...

Media

12.08.2014

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...

Media

12.08.2014

On First Annual Constitution Day, China’s Most Censored Word Was ‘Constitution’

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian

On December 4, China’s first annual Constitution Day, Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily posted the complete text of the Chinese constitution to its Weibo microblogging account, accompanied by the upbeat hashtag: “Let’s all read the...

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...

Media

12.05.2014

Repeat After Me: Taiwan’s Recent Elections Had Nothing to Do With Hong Kong

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian

If China was in fact the invisible candidate in Taiwan’s local elections, it just lost in a landslide.

Infographics

12.05.2014

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.

Features

12.05.2014

China’s Fallen Mighty [Updated]

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...

Environment

12.04.2014

Indian Critics of Tibet’s First Dam ‘Exaggerating’ Dangers

chinadialogue

Tibet’s first major dam, the Zangmu hydropower station, started generating electricity at the end of November. This prompted complaints from Indian media that Chinese dam building on the Yarlung Zangbo River could reduce water flow and...

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