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Is Xi Jinping China's New Mao-Like Strongman?

Perry Link | Posted 08.03.2014 | World
Perry Link

Xi Jinping and his associates at the top levels of the Chinese government have been on the move. They have been pushing a society-wide anti-corruption campaign, targeting in particular some high-ranking rivals, and in recent weeks have been unusually aggressive with their neighbors Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines, unusually harsh in their anti-U.S. rhetoric, and unusually repressive of dissident voices inside China. They have moved to re-shape the internal workings of the government to concentrate more power in personal authority at the top and less in written rules or in government bureaucracies. They have floated the idea of a new Chinese "strongman," clearly intending to suggest that Xi Jinping might be one. Mao Zedong is the best model for all of this, but Xi Jinping is no Mao, and how things will actually end up is anyone's guess.

Why MH370 Will Not Change Chinese/Malaysia Relations

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.20.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

In spite of the bilateral tension created by MH370, China is likely to remain cautious about taking actions that could jeopardize its partnership with Malaysia, given the country's importance in the region's geopolitical landscape and its warming relations with Washington.

China and Nigeria: Neo-Colonialism, South-South Solidarity, or Both?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.18.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Bilateral relations between China and Nigeria will likely take one of two paths in the long term: either China will remain the overwhelmingly dominant actor or Nigeria will become a regional superpower, evening out the playing field.

Tselkov In New York: Brutal Beauty at the Back of the Candy-Store

Simon Hewitt | Posted 07.27.2013 | Arts
Simon Hewitt

After wowing London with his Last Supper at Saatchi during the Winter, Oleg Tselkov hit New York this Spring.

LOOK: GOP Candidate Makes Outrageous Comparison

Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics

Dr. Marisha Agana, who is running against Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), said Sunday President Barack Obama followed in the footsteps of Stalin, Hitler and M...

Apple's China Comes Home to Haunt Us

Robert Scheer | Posted 04.16.2012 | Business
Robert Scheer

If the habits required of Apple's workforce in China are to be emulated, the U.S. military, or perhaps our outsized prison system, should become the essential schooling system for American workers to better compete with the properly disciplined assemblers of iPhones in China.

More PR Shame: Associated Press Cooperates With Dictatorial Propaganda Machines

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 10.15.2011 | Media
Thor Halvorssen

Is any of the dark, undeniable reality of life under Castro mentioned in a single caption of the thousands of photographs offered by the AP? Not once. Castro, they repeat, is a "revolutionary hero."

Routine Traffic Stop Leads To $3.6M In Stolen Art

ARTINFO | Posted 08.18.2011 | Arts
ARTINFO

When Italian police stopped a car near Milan last month, they discovered more than they bargained for. Not only was the driver driving without a licen...

With Friends Like These...

Aki Peritz | Posted 07.23.2011 | World
Aki Peritz

Where would Pakistan turn for international support if America indeed withdraws its helping hand? The answer is likely Pakistan's "all weather friend," the People's Republic of China.

Mao Reclaims Tiananmen Square: For How Long?

Daniel K. Gardner | Posted 07.13.2011 | World
Daniel K. Gardner

What do Chinese artist-activist Ai Weiwei and the iconic sage Confucius have in common? They've both recently disappeared from public sight without explanation.

A Jewish Perspective On The Dangerous Charisma Of Power

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 07.12.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

What is the Jewish attitude towards rulers? The person before you may seem a god. He is a person, with the same stubborn flaws that afflict us all, if anything, they may be magnified by power.

China Wants Power and Respect

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

Chinese foreign policy is focused not on achieving global preeminence, but on maintaining access to energy resources and on creating a regional sphere of influence in East Asia.

Managing China: Stimulating Creativity in a Sea of Convention

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

To liberate ambition -- the dragon in the heart -- latent in every Chinese, a leader must perform the hat trick of making subordinates feel safe enough to dive into shapeless seas.

China and India: A War of Giants

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

In spite of million man armed forces and nuclear weapons, India feels increasingly threatened by China's rise. The Indians know full well that China expects obedience from its neighbors.

Obama: Engage North Korea Now (But Don't Tell Anyone)

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

Relations between the United States and North Korea, never particularly warm, have truly frosted over in recent months. The Obama administration, in t...

A New Book on Mao: A Quick Q & A With Author Rebecca Karl

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World: A Concise History covers a big topic in a small number of pages (just over 200).

Famine in Chad

Mia Farrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mia Farrow

Mao is a sand swept town in the Kanem region in the far west of Chad. It is the most desolate and powerfully beautiful place I have ever seen, and the babies there are dying.

Obama Muddling Through in the Mideast

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

While there is no doubt that Obama has been successful in improving the American brand name in the Middle East, he has yet to draw the outlines of coherent and realistic policy objectives in Iran and Israel/Palestine.

The Art of Front Row

Abe Gurko | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Abe Gurko

The other day I wrote a piece about the lack of factual information being bandied about regarding the fees that celebrities charge to attend the New York fashion shows. The misinformation continues.

My Voice

Xiaoda Xiao | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Xiaoda Xiao

Under the strict censorship regulations of the current regime in China, the publication of any literary work that shows signs of penetrating in depth, or exposing the reality of prison life is forbidden.

Ex-Child Soldiers Released From Nepalese Detention Camp

AP | BINAJ GURUBACHARYA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

DUDHAULI, Nepal — Scores of former child soldiers, many in tears, boarded buses Thursday for home, leaving a jungle detention camp where they ha...

China: Gao Brothers Beijing Artists One Step Ahead of Censors

nytimes.com | JIMMY WANG | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIJING It's not the kind of sculpture of Chairman Mao you typically see in China. He's on his knees as a supplicant, confessing; his body language a...

"Oba-Mao", What Do We Do Now?

Beth Nonte Russell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Beth Nonte Russell

Just before Christmas in 1999, I got off a flight from Hong Kong to San Francisco with a frail, 13-month-old baby girl in my arms. The future for her, I felt sure, would be far different now that she was in America.

Baucus' Bill Not Bipartisan, But Panmedia

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Baucus' was supposed to be the "bipartisan" bill, but the only way it can truly be referred to as such is in the growing bipartisan distaste for the bill.

The Last Chinese Chef

One For The Table | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
One For The Table

As I prefer a well-prepared meal with beautiful, whole ingredients, I prefer a well-written book with beautiful, thoughtful ideas. After consuming either of these, I am well nourished.