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Chinese Middle Class

The Pragmatic Purge of Bo Xilai

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 06.12.2012 | World
Tom Doctoroff

Bo Xilai, the populist former Chongqing chief recently purged from China's Politburo, was a dangerous, recidivistic force in Chinese politics. His fate should be cheered. Yes, his ouster reveals the dark side of the country's cloak-and-dagger leadership.

China's Communist Party: Not Losing Control

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 12.03.2011 | World
Tom Doctoroff

The future of China's political system will not be made in America or Europe.

Chinese Consumers Becoming More Sophisticated: Report

Posted 08.13.2011 | Business

SHANGHAI (AP) — Chinese consumers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their tastes and expect a wider range of better products, according to ...

China's Worldview Imperative: Don't Rock Our Boat

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 07.31.2011 | World
Tom Doctoroff

Everything that registers on China's international -- and, for that matter, domestic -- radar does so because it, directly or indirectly, impacts stability.

The Chinese Consumer: Still Projecting and Protecting

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Doctoroff

Contemporary Chinese society, still Confucian to the core, is driven by the need for societal acknowledgment and diffused insecurity. Consumer behavior, characterized by status projection and risk avoidance, reflects these truths.

Standing Up to China, the Obama Way

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Doctoroff

As the senior leader of one Chinese state-owned enterprise said to me, "I used to think [Obama] was nice. Then I realized he was intelligent. Now I know he's shrewd, just like Hu Jintao. Your leader is a strategist."

China's Co-Dependent Middle Class and Communist Party

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Doctoroff

China's consumers, while boldly ambitious, Confucian to the core and desperate to climb the hierarchy of success, are insecure. Their wealth is new and incomes are still limited.