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China's Rule of Fear

Minxin Pei | Posted 02.16.2016 | World
Minxin Pei

Clearly, fear-based rule was not left behind with the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976, as many thought. This should not be surprising. Even as China's economy has boomed and modernized, its political system has retained its core totalitarian features: a state exempt from the rule of law, a domestic security apparatus with agents and informants virtually everywhere, widespread censorship, and weak protection of individual rights. Having never been repudiated, these institutional relics of Maoism remain available to be used and intensified whenever the top leadership sees fit, as it does today.

China Punishes 249 'Lazy' Officials

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 09.29.2015 | World

BEIJING, Sept 29 (Reuters) - China has punished 249 officials for laziness, exemplified by failure to spend government funds, delays to projects and s...

China Investigates Top Safety Official After Tianjin Explosions

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.18.2015 | World

TIANJIN, China (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday it is investigating the head of its work safety regulator who for years allowed companies to operate ...

Rain Threatens To Ignite Toxic Chemicals At Chinese Blast Site

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan | Posted 08.17.2015 | World

Cleanup crews and local officials are scrambling to confront challenges ranging from chemical residue to protesting families five days after a chemica...

China Needs a Strong Leader Like Xi -- but the Rule of Law Like Singapore

Zheng Yongnian | Posted 06.13.2015 | World
Zheng Yongnian

SINGAPORE -- This is a rare window of opportunity for China. If Xi had not launched the anti-corruption campaign now, it would have been impossible to do so in 10 years time. By then the vested interest groups would have become too powerful. If the economic oligarchy becomes a political one, China will become the Russia of yesterday.

Why China's Leaders See Corruption as a Mortal Threat

Daniel A. Bell | Posted 04.19.2015 | World
Daniel A. Bell

BEIJING -- Corruption in a democracy doesn't mean the political system is not democratic. In contrast, China prides itself on being a political meritocracy that selects and promotes leaders with superior ability and virtue. The value of meritocracy is central to Chinese political culture. The higher the level of political corruption, the less meritocratic the political system. Hence, the regime will lack legitimacy if its leaders are seen to be corrupt.

China's Most Sensational Trial in Decades: Will It Be Political or Legal?

Minxin Pei | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Minxin Pei

Given the fact that Zhou also happened to be a political adversary of President Xi, and lost a vicious power struggle on the eve of China's leadership transition in 2012, there are lingering doubts about the motives behind sending this "mega-tiger" (a corrupt top Chinese leader) to jail.

China Arrests Ex-Security Chief For Leaking Secrets, Corruption

Reuters | By IAN MADER and DIDI TANG | Posted 02.04.2015 | World

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities arrested the once-feared ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang and launched a criminal investigation Saturday on charge...

How Taking Down A "Big Tiger" Is Establishing the Rule of Law in China

Tong Zhiwei | Posted 11.02.2014 | World
Tong Zhiwei

The genuine logic and true goal in the drive to maintain social stability is, therefore, to keep citizens from speaking or acting recklessly. According to this logic, to achieve this goal the current leaders may employ all kinds of resources, and even violate the constitution and other laws and regulations. This is ridiculous and conflicts with the principle of rule of law.

Chinese Venture Capitalist Says China Has "Performed Brilliantly"

Matt Sheehan | Posted 07.05.2014 | World
Matt Sheehan

Eric X. Li is a venture capitalist, political scientist and frequent commentator on China's growing economic and military influence. In a provocative ...

Fallen Tiger, Shaken Dragon: China's Corruption Trail

Minxin Pei | Posted 05.17.2014 | World
Minxin Pei

Chinese President Xi Jinping is poised to cage the biggest political "tiger" -- a corrupt top official -- in the history of the People's Republic. But the imminent arrest of former internal security chief Zhou Yongkang reconfirms a profoundly worrisome fact: the Middle Kingdom remains deeply corrupt.

Sex Video Scandal Lands Official In Jail

Reuters | Posted 02.12.2014 | World

BEIJING, Dec 13 (Reuters) - An official sacked after a sex scandal was sentenced to 14 years in jail for bribery on Friday, state media said, in the...

Son Of Top Chinese Official Aids Corruption Investigation

Reuters | Posted 02.03.2014 | World

By Benjamin Kang Lim and Ben Blanchard BEIJING, Dec 4 (Reuters) - The movements of the eldest son of retired Chinese domestic security...

China Punishes 20,000 Officials For Being Too Bureaucratic

Reuters | Posted 01.31.2014 | World

BEIJING, Dec 2 (Reuters) - China has punished almost 20,000 officials in the last year for breaching rules to cut down on bureaucracy as well as pom...

China Cracks Down On Online Criticism

Reuters | Terril Yue Jones | Posted 07.20.2013 | World

By Terril Yue Jones BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Internet is brimming with disclosures of officials collecting bribes, homes and luxury ...

Would Old Money Snobbery Help China Fight Corruption?

John Wagner Givens | Posted 05.14.2013 | World
John Wagner Givens

The overconsumption of ostentatious luxury goods fuels graft by forcing Chinese officials to keep up with the Zhangs. A cornerstone of combating official corruption is to make sure that civil servants receive adequate salaries that provide a secure, if plebeian, middle-class lifestyle.

China Hears A Hu

Reuters | Posted 01.08.2013 | World

By Sui-Lee Wee and Ben Blanchard BEIJING, Nov 8 (Reuters) - President Hu Jintao warned China's incoming leaders on Thursday that corru...

What The Chinese Are Most Scared Of

Reuters | Posted 12.16.2012 | Business

(Adds comments from Pew's Wike) BEIJING, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Weeks before China unveils its next generation of leaders, a new survey ha...

Marcus Baram

Why The FBI Says Corporate Fraud Is Increasing

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 02.27.2012 | Business

In China, the former president of the state-owned Shanghai Pharmaceutical Group was recently sentenced to death for taking almost $2 million in bribes...

WATCH: Chinese Artist Creates Corrupt Officials' Hall Of Fame

Posted 10.18.2011 | Arts

Chinese Artist Zhang Bingjian has embarked on an artistic project to promote transparency in China and Chinese government. His motivation? Discovering...

How Chinese Public Officals Fled With $120 Billion

Economic Observer/Worldcrunch | Xin Haiguang | Posted 08.24.2011 | World

BEIJING - Just how many corrupt Chinese government officials have fled overseas? How much money have they stashed away? And how did they manage to tra...

Chinese Party Man Took Bribes To Finance 800 lovers

Times Online | Jane Macartney | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A Chinese official who set out to bed 800 women has become the latest Communist Party mandarin to face disgrace and possible jail because of his sexua...