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A Reformist Chinese Leader? Stop Fooling Yourself

Jeffrey Wasserstrom, who in February warned that Xi Jinping should not seen in binary, reformist-versus-conservative terms, argues at TIME World that other Chinese leaders have also disappointed those hoping for political...

Is Xi Jinping a Reformer or a Conservative?

The question of whether Xi Jinping will bring about substantive political reform in China has preoccupied China watchers since the new president assumed power in March. At South China Morning Post, Choi Chi-yuk looks at the...

How the West Shaped China’s Ideological Battles

As China’s leadership transition approaches, the public battle of political ideals is becoming more acute. Despite their sharply divided positions, those on the left and the right share one thing: most of the vocal theorists...

Mao Yushi Believes China Will Be Set Free

The Sydney Morning Herald’s John Garnaut interviews liberal economist Mao Yushi, who has been the target of a vicious hate campaign for his public criticism of Mao Zedong. Despite this, he is still optimistic about...

Boundlessly Loyal to the Great Monster

An ideological battle between left and right has been in the spotlight lately, especially with the “red culture” campaign by Bo Xilai in Chongqing. The Economist reports on a group of leftists who are campaigning for...

Why China’s Left Is Up in Arms

China Media Project takes a close look at the ideological battle currently playing out between left and right in China: The “deep reds,” with their wistful talk of the glories of Mao Zedong, the “Four Basic Principles” and...

Politics Gets Personal in Left-Right Row

China Media Project has posted partial translations of two essays from an exchange between Wang Wen of the Global Times’ Chinese edition and the poet Ye Fu. Wang explains “the doubts and spontaneous disappointment I...

The Other Side of the Reform Divide

China Media Project has been tracking recent debates in the Chinese media and blogosphere over political reform (see here, here, and here), and now translates a position from the left, an editorial from Guangming Daily: First of...

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