18th party congress

China Plans Reforms Amid Economic “Zugzwang”

John Garnaut reports that China is planning “sweeping reforms” aimed at turning around its sputtering economy, according to sources close to the leadership. From The Age: Liu He, who leads the party’s Central...

Rule of the Princelings

Cairo Review has published an issue dedicated to China. The lead story, by Cheng Li, looks at the rise of princelings among China’s incoming rulers and what it means for the future of Chinese politics: In the wake of the...

The Xi Administration Introduces “Eight Musts”

On his China Copyright and Media blog, Rogier Creemers translates an article published by the Observer News Weekly, which he believes is, “the first major policy declaration from the Xi administration.” The article...

Unhappy Guangdong Journalists Protest New Year Meddling

Wang Yang, father of the “Happy” Guangdong Model and formerly mooted counterweight to Bo Xilai, was last month replaced as Guangdong Party chief by rising star Hu Chunhua. Having failed to win a seat on the reduced...

Naked Officials 2.0

After the new Party leadership was sworn in during the 18th Party Congress, the Chinese government has been actively cultivating an image that is warmer and friendlier than generations past, including distributing images of...

Changes and Challenges for China in 2013

In the wake of a leadership transition and at the end of an erratic year – full of scandalous political plummets, diplomacy-testing activist escapes and enflamed nationalism, one can only wonder what will come in 2013....

China 2012 News Map

Where did the major news events occur in China this year? And where was China's influence felt most acutely overseas? China Digital Times has put together a Google Map marking the locations of some of China's major...

Weibo Enacts New “7 Day Delay” Function

Weeks after the 18th Party Congress, Sina weibo censors seem to have settled on a new censorship approach to delay in showing sensitive searches . From Feichangdao: The screenshots below show that, two weeks after the...

How to Fight China’s Corruption Cancer

An editorial at Caixin welcomes Beijing’s new emphasis on battling corruption, but argues that these efforts are doomed without effective rule of law. The introduction of a sunshine law enjoys wide public approval, and...

Want! Want!! Want!!! Streaking for Freedom

Guangdong artist He Guoqiang posted this blog entry on November 1, 2009, recalling his provocative performance art piece in honor of the opening of the 16th Party Congress in 2002. Photos from his performance reemerged online...



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