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The Chinese Dream: A New Interpretation

Mahlon Meyer | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Mahlon Meyer

Like most Chinese fathers, Y.P. Chan thought he had his children's education all figured out. After all, Chan was educated not only in traditional Chinese philosophy but had also excelled in the worlds of engineering, business and high-stakes finance.

The Value of History

China Hands | Posted 11.13.2014 | World
China Hands

Schuyler Schouten, a Senior Director at Kissinger Associates, argues for the importance of studying Chinese history. US-China relations, once the pr...

What Political Reform Looks Like in China

Keping Yu | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Keping Yu

If you look at Chinese politics over the last 30 plus years solely from the perspective of multi-party competition, general elections and the separation of the powers, you could well conclude that nothing has changed. However, from a governance perspective, you will discover that Chinese political life has undergone tremendous changes during that time. There is a clear direction here: from unity to diversity, from centralization to decentralization of power, from the rule of man to the rule of law, from being closed to being open, and from regulatory government to service-oriented government.

Jackson Connor

President Xi Holding Umbrella Wins China's Top Photo Prize

HuffingtonPost.com | Jackson Connor | Posted 10.23.2014 | Media

Umbrellas have figured prominently in Chinese politics in recent weeks. On Wednesday, a photograph of President Xi Jinping standing in the rain, p...

Alibaba, the Golden Child of China's Globalization Strategy

Roselyn Hsueh | Posted 12.15.2014 | World
Roselyn Hsueh

With the world increasingly and economically beholden to China and Chinese business, China's globalization strategy has won dividends at home and abroad.

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.

World view

China Hands | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
China Hands

Dhruv Aggarwal interviews Andrew Nathan Andrew Nathan, the Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, is an expert on Chin...

Baucus goes to China

China Hands | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
China Hands

Teddy Miller asks what the Baucus nomination means for US-China policy Once crucial to essential questions of war and peace, ambassadorships in toda...

Inside the classroom: Susan Shirk

China Hands | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
China Hands

An Interview with Susan Shirk, of University of California San Diego, on her course, "Chinese Politics." The year was 1971. As the United States and ...

America and China Need Each Other

Wang Jisi | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Wang Jisi

It would be politically incorrect in the United States to proclaim that the domestic order kept by the Chinese Communist Party would serve U.S. interests. It would also be ideologically unacceptable in China to announce that the current international order sustained by American primacy should be welcomed. Paradoxically, the stark reality is that the two orders have been reinforcing each other now for the past 42 years, since Richard Nixon's historic visit to China. Today, it is in China's best interest to see a vibrant U.S. economy stimulated by technological innovations, and a benign, careful use of U.S. power in the global system. In turn, an orderly yet changing China, under a strong, reform-minded leadership, will make greater contributions to the global order in favor of the United States.

Helmut Schmidt: 'I Would Not Sell Democracy To The Chinese' -- Part I

Guancha.cn | Wang Hui | Posted 12.05.2014 | World

Recently, the Chinese scholar Wang Hui sat down for a conversation with Helmut Schmidt, Germany’s elder statesman, in Hamburg. Until 2007, Wa...

Back to the Party

China Hands | Posted 05.14.2014 | College
China Hands

Relationships in China have become crucial to everything from buying real estate to landing employment out of college to receiving quality medical care.

A Year for Human Rights in China

Desmond Tutu | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Desmond Tutu

As we approach the 25th anniversary of China's crackdown in Tiananmen Square, world leaders have the opportunity to distinguish themselves from leaders of the past who, for the sake of economic progress or in the name of "national security," have turned a blind eye to atrocities committed by Chinese leaders against their own citizenry.

China's New Leaders: What Will They Bring to the Party?

Victoria Lai | Posted 01.07.2013 | World
Victoria Lai

The identities of China's next generation of leaders will be announced soon. Their composition will set the stage for a decade of liberalization or stagnation.

'Bo Lost That Game, That's All'

Reuters | Posted 11.29.2012 | World

By Ben Blanchard CHONGQING, China, Sept 30 (Reuters) - China's campaign to bury fallen politician Bo Xilai under a litany of alleged ...

China's VP Re-emerges From Mysterious Absence

AP | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN | Posted 09.19.2012 | World

BEIJING -- China's future leader appeared energetic Wednesday in a meeting with the U.S. defense secretary, his first appearance with a foreign dignit...

The Hunger Games Comes to Beijing

Julian Baird Gewirtz | Posted 09.01.2012 | World
Julian Baird Gewirtz

The Chinese government needs to respond, at least partly, to what people want, even if that means allowing movies that deal with uncomfortable themes or don't fall into line with the values that the Party wants to promote.

A Quick Q & A on China With Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Ian Johnson

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 06.09.2012 | World
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

I recently caught up with Ian Johnson, an old friend and sometimes co-author, and asked him some of the sorts of questions I thought he might get when he is part of an upcoming Asia Society panel on contemporary China.

Ai Weiwei Absent From Opening of New Serpentine Pavilion (VIDEO)

Crane.tv | Posted 08.04.2012 | Arts
Crane.tv

The Serpentine Gallery in London's Hyde Park unveiled their annual pavilion at a press conference last Thursday. Though architects Jacques Herzog an...

Democracy Is Not the Answer

Eric X. Li | Posted 07.16.2012 | World
Eric X. Li

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 star...

The Saga of China's Blind Dissident: Let Obama Be Obama

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Tom Doctoroff

Our instincts are to cheer on Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng and use this case to dramatize the flagrant human rights abuses that occur in modern China. However, we must not sensationalize this affair.

Bo Xilai: China's Newt Gingrich?

John Wagner Givens | Posted 06.27.2012 | World
John Wagner Givens

Prior to the scandal, Bo Xilai was the closest thing the Chinese Communist Party had to a Western media darling. But if Bo looks familiar to Western eyes it is because he embodied much of the worst of Western politicians.

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 Next Top Model: Guangdong Beats Chongqing?

John Wagner Givens | Posted 06.11.2012 | World
John Wagner Givens

In and of itself, a high-ranking official being dismissed in backroom party machinations is hardly a sign of improvement. Yet the event inspires hope that the more authoritarian Chongqing model is losing ground.

Rule of Law Worries Behind Bo Xilai Purge

Nathan Gardels | Posted 06.01.2012 | World
Nathan Gardels

The cracks that are beginning to appear in the opaque machinations of the Chinese Communist Party are yielding some new clues that clarify the forces at work behind the purge of Chongqing's populist leader Bo Xilai.