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Eric X. Li
Eric X. Li is a venture capitalist in Shanghai. He serves on the board of directors of China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and is vice chairman of its publishing arm CEIBS Publishing Group. Mr. Li is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

Entries by Eric X. Li

The Umbrella Protestors Are Wrong: China is Abiding by Hong Kong's Basic Law

(14) Comments | Posted October 5, 2014 | 6:48 PM


This is an opinion article of the editorial board of the Guancha Syndicate. Its Chinese version is published in

HONG KONG - As protests are continuing in Hong Kong and the Western media...

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Abe's 'New Japanese' Want Their Grandfather's Asia: No Thanks, We Remember World War II

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 3:02 PM

SINGAPORE -- A few days ago, President Obama sought to define for America a new foreign policy doctrine. In his much anticipated West Point Military Academy commencement speech, he set a bar for American military intervention abroad that is the highest in recent memory -- when America's interests are directly...

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China's Ukrainian Opportunity -- Killing A Few Birds Without Throwing A Single Stone

(15) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 9:51 AM

Eric X. Li is a venture capitalist and political scientist in Shanghai. He is a senior fellow at Fudan University's Center for Chinese Development Model Research. This article was published in the South China Morning Post. The Chinese original is published by and distributed by the Guancha Syndicate.

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The Middle Kingdom and the Coming World Disorder

(29) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 11:41 AM

Eric X. Li is Chairman of Chengwei Capital and Chunqiu Institute and a senior fellow at Fudan University's Center for China Development Model Research. His comments here are adapted from a lecture at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul. A fuller version of this article appeared in

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The Founding Father

(2) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 8:51 AM

SHANGHAI -- Today, China celebrates the 120th birthdate of the founding father of the People's Republic -- Chairman Mao Zedong. No one looms larger in the narrative of modern China. As the nation continues its ascendency to reclaim its position as a great power, Mao's legacy is central to its...

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Saints or Thieves - Corruption and the Chinese Dilemma

(3) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 3:50 AM

At last, Bo Xilai is going on trial. The case against the former Politburo member brings to a climax the aggressive anti-corruption drive undertaken by the Chinese Communist Party. In fact, the new general secretary Xi Jinping has identified corruption as a threat to the very survival of the party-state....

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From Renaissance to Renaissance

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 9:25 PM

Bologna -- In the world's oldest university, a cradle of the European Renaissance, one is reminded of a great Italian who lived at the onset of that Renaissance half a millennium ago -- the first political scientist Niccolò Machiavelli. In one of his letters to his friend Francesco Vettori, the...

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Authoritarian Art

(6) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 8:38 AM

HONG KONG - The vibrancy of contemporary China's art world is on full display at this week's Hong Kong International Art Fair. Barely a generation ago, amateur collectors braving the shabby studios of starving artists in Beijing and Shanghai were buying art for a few hundred dollars apiece.


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Democracy Is Not the Answer

(7) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 7:34 AM

This is a written Q&A with Rachel Beitarie of the Israeli daily newspaper the Calcalist, published on May 3, 2012.

Beitarie: I would like to start not with a comparison of the Chinese and other systems of government, but by a look at the Chinese model itself....

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Toward a New Equilibrium -- China Before the 18th Party Congress

(5) Comments | Posted April 7, 2012 | 12:21 PM

Speculations continue to swirl around apparently the highest-level purge in China's political leadership in years. The intensity seems to be rippling through Chinese society. Websites have been shut down; Weibo comments were disabled; arrests were made. Some continue to attack the government's decision to remove Bo Xilai from his post....

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Bo Xilai and China's Future

(26) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 8:03 AM

"All is not well in the People's Republic." So proclaim China-watching Hamlets around the world. They seem to have ample evidence. Six months before the 18th congress of the Chinese Communist Party when a major transition of leadership is to take place, a political earthquake is riveting the nation.

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Globalization 2.0: Democracy the Beautiful

(4) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 12:47 PM

In response to a rebuttal:

A healthy debate on democracy seems to be emerging. The South China Morning Post published an article entitled Consent of the Governed is Only Means to Assure Power (February 19, 2012). It presents an argument that can be summarized as follows: Democracy gives...

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Globalization 2.0: Democracy's Coming Demise

(399) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 5:18 PM

SHANGHAI -- As the U.S. presidential election shifts into high gear, Washington hosts China's Vice President Xi Jinping, heir apparent of the emergent super power. The world's most powerful electoral democracy and the largest one-party state meet at a time of political transition for both. Many have characterized the competition...

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The Invasion of Hong Kong -- the Law, Maids, and Locusts

(28) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 9:32 PM

This piece was published in the South China Morning Post on Feb. 9, 2012.

Hong Kong -- A specter is haunting Hong Kong. And it is not communism. It is the sight of undesirable women roaming the streets of this acclaimed world city. They exhibit specific physical attributes. First were...

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Globalization 2.0: China's Parallel Internet

(38) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 11:04 PM

This piece was co-authored with George Yeo.

The Chinese government recently issued new rules to strengthen Internet regulations. Most notable is the real-name requirement for micro-blog (Weibo) accounts -- China's equivalent of Twitter. Some Weibo users have attested to an increase in government monitoring and self-censorship by hosting companies....

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Globalization 2.0: A Century for Sale, Any Taker?

(151) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 7:42 AM

The Munk Debate in Toronto has in the past three years become a significant forum for discussing global issues of our age. The most recent one held in June 2011 (Does the 21st Century Belong to China?) has now been published as a book with the same title. The debaters...

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