Peter Hessler’s ‘Strange Stones’ Reviewed

At the Los Angeles Review of Books, Pallavi Aiyar reviews Strange Stones: Dispatches from East and West by Peter Hessler, former China correspondent for The New Yorker. She discusses the tight focus of Hessler’s writing on...

Hexie Farm (蟹农场): The New Clothes of Reform

For the latest installment in his CDT series, cartoonist Crazy Crab of Hexie Farm revisits the fairy tale of the Emperor’s New Clothes to comment on a recent speech by Xi Jinping, in which he blasts Gorbachev for...

Gorbachev: China "Will Have to Decide on Political Change"

In an interview with The Guardian, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev discusses what he sees as the inevitability of political reform in China, as well as the fall of the USSR and his views on his successors. As the...

The History Lesson That is Being Ignored

For the Sydney Morning Herald, John Garnaut writes about a meeting former President Jiang Zemin held with China’s Soviet historians to try to understand why the Soviet Union failed. In recent years, Garnaut argues, the...



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