john pomfret



The Myth of China’s “Meritocracy”

From the time of Sun Yat-sen, through the turbulent Mao years and now into China’s modern economic boom years, The Economist traces the thoughts of several “admirers” and challenges the meritocratic label that...

Chinese Media in the U.S.

CDT’s Xiao Qiang was interviewed, together with the Washington Post’s John Pomfret, on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show today about China’s external propaganda efforts. Listen here: In the past two years,...

Unwrapping the Enigmatic Chinese Riddle

John Pomfret writes about fellow China hand James Fallows’ new book Postcards from Tomorrow Square in The Washington Post: People who write about China fall into two categories: the ones who like it simple —...

China’s Far Too Rosy Self Image

John Pomfret writes on his blog about a recently released poll indicating that 92 percent of Chinese believe their country has a mostly positive influence on the world. From Pomfret’s China: To me this poll illustrates one...

A Long Wait at the Gate to Greatness

In the Washington Post, John Pomfret pokes a hole in the theory that China is on an inevitable rise to superpower status: Ever since I returned to the United States in 2004 from my last posting to China, as this...

The Ugly Chinese

On his blog for the Washington Post, former Post Beijing Bureau Chief John Pomfret writes about the failures of China’s “soft power” efforts as the government propaganda machine changes tack: For a few years...

History Majors – Orville Schell

In the New York Times Book Review, Orville Schell reviews “Chinese Lessons” by John Pomfret: It is commonplace these days for visitors to be swept away by the breathtaking

John Pomfret: China Rising

From The Washington Post, this article talked about two recent published China books, “China Inc.” and “The Man Who Changed China”: Writing about China is never easy. The country is so vast and full of...




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