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Is Mao Still Dead?

A long-running and unusually crowded discussion at ChinaFile addresses the question “Is Mao...

Xi Jinping, Confucius and Austerity

At Foreign Affairs, John Delury writes that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s austerity drive has less to do with macroeconomic policy and GDP growth, as it does in the West, and more to do with the Confucian philosophy of...

When Bad News Is Good News For CCP

Jeffrey Wasserstrom, professor of Chinese history and author of several books on China, tries to see the silver lining in recent gathering clouds, by showing that bad news for others can be good news for China’s...

Eric X. Li: A Tale of Two Political Systems

In a newly published talk from last month’s TEDGlobal 2013 conference, venture capitalist Eric X. Li reprises his defense of China’s one-party system, arguing that contrary to Western assumptions, it is characterized...

Pollution Effects Glaring, But Can China Adapt?

A new summary of scientific data indicates that outdoor air pollution led to 1.2 million premature deaths in China in 2010, according to The New York Times’ Edward Wong: The data on which the analysis is based was first...

Challenging China’s Green Leap Forward

Despite all of the progress touted by Chinese authorities in their drive to become the global leader in solar energy, The Nation’s Lucia Green-Weiskel writes that China’s clean-tech industry still faces major...

The Post-Democratic Future Begins in China

At Foreign Affairs, Eric X. Li argues that China’s future lies with continued one-party rule, and that the Party’s adaptability, meritocracy and non-democratic legitimacy will carry it forward while the West...

Amid Exit, Hu Jintao Faces Mixed Legacy

With outgoing president Hu Jintao kicking off the 18th Party Congress by addressing a number of the challenges facing China and the Communist Party, and with Xi Jinping preparing to take over as China’s top leader, The...

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