Chinese democracy

Fiddling with Commas While the Economy Burns

This year’s “Two Sessions,” which concluded on March 11, were more Party-choreographed than ever, as evidenced by the elimination of the premier’s customary post-NPC press conference, the weakening of the State Council via a...

Five Slogans Show Protest Movement’s Diversity, Unity

The spontaneous protests that swept China last week were remarkable for a number of reasons, among them their diversity. While all the demonstrations were loosely tied together by mourning the loss of at least 10 people in an...

From CDT Chinese: Top Ten Memes of 2021

Editor’s Note: As we enter 2022, CDT has compiled a special series of features for our readers, offering a look back at the people, events, controversies, memes and sensitive words that defined the past year. Some of this...

Why China Raged Over America’s “Summit for Democracy”

A United States-led democracy summit elicited a ferocious Chinese propaganda campaign aimed in part at redefining democracy in the Party’s own terms. The U.S.’ virtual Summit for Democracy, “part pep rally and part policy...

Chinese Democracy in 9 Screenshots

The United States-led “Summit for Democracy”, which kicked off on December 8, is designed to reverse the trend of global democratic “backsliding.” It touched a nerve in China, triggering a wave of state- and Party-directed...

Eric X. Li vs Minxin Pei on China and Democracy

The Aspen Institute has posted the full video of a debate from its Ideas Festival, which ran from June 27th and July 3rd. The discussion pitched venture capitalist Eric X. Li against professor of government Minxin Pei on the...

30 Questions for Democracy Opponents

While relatively satisfied with—or relieved by—the results, Beijing viewed recent elections on Taiwan with deep suspicion, even going so far as to order that visitors from the mainland remain quarantined in their hotel rooms....

In China, Middle-Class Affluence, Not Political Influence

China has a burgeoning middle class with growing purchasing power. Political power and influence is still out of reach, though, for the Chinese middle class. For many middle-class Chinese, being wealthy and being politically...

Chinese Leader Rules Out Democracy

Last year, Premier Wen Jiabao remarked that China’s government should reform towards greater freedom and democracy, which immediately caught the attention of the world. (You can read more about that here.) However,...

‘True Democracy’ Within China’s Politburo?

Can one find democracy in China? According to a US source in Beijing, the country’s Politburo is more interested in consensus than decrees — on all issues except for Tibet. But, US diplomats allege, most of the...

Taiwan Offers China Model

From Radio Free Asia: Taiwan, which marks its own National Day nine days after a lavish display of communist military power by rival Beijing, should provide the model for reunification with China, a former top Communist Party...

So Rock Jesus for 2009

From Danwei blog: Jesus returns to the cover of So Rock! magazine for the December issue, which arrived on newsstands just last week. The rock icon previously appeared as Buddy Christ on the cover of issue 45 in 2005. Here, the...



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