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Is Mao Still Dead?

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

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...

Nobel Laureate Mo Yan: “I Am Guilty”

In his first interview since receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in December, Mo Yan talks to Der Spiegel’s Bernhard Zand about his work, his political views, and his critics. SPIEGEL: Unspeakable things happen in...

Xi’s China: Communism, Capitalism and Reform

While current president Hu Jintao may not give up the reins of China’s military to his successor right away, Jane Perlez of The New York Times wonders what Xi Jinping’s longstanding ties to the People’s...

Hit-and-Run Tragedy: Which Ideology to Blame?

Many commentators are looking to blame ideology for the inaction of the 18 passers-by who failed to help an injured two-year-old in Foshan. The question is, which ideology is to blame? The Washington Post suggests that...

Repackaging the Revolutionary Classics of China

On the eve of the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, a nostalgia for red songs is sweeping China, according to this New York Times article: China has boomed during three decades of economic reform, and has in many...

How China Sees Russia

Nico Popescu of the European Council on Foreign Relations examines Chinese attitudes towards post-Soviet Russia, including its leadership and its place in BRIC: A colleague of mine and I asked the Chinese how do they see the...

Is “Communist China” Accurate? Appropriate?

Zhongnanhai Blog (via Global Voices) picks up a discussion on Quora.com regarding the term “Communist China”; specifically, whether it is accurate and appropriate or, in Kaiser Kuo’s words, “contentious,...

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