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Bo Trial a Pivotal Moment for Economic Reform

As the erasure of Bo Xilai’s legacy continues and his trial for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power looms, Benjamin Kang Lim and Ben Blanchard report that division over Bo’s fate may be holding back economic and...

Mao’s Birthday: Party Time

In Hunan, the birthplace of Mao Zedong, preparations for the celebration of Mao’s 120th birthday are in full swing. From Choi Chi-yuk at South China Morning Post: Mainland reports suggested that Xiangtan , the city...

Xi Aims to Tread Softly in Latin America

After his first foreign tour as president in March, a strategically important journey that began in Russia and took him to three African nations, Xi Jinping will begin his second series of overseas visits today in Trinidad and...

In New Research, A More Cynical Urban China

Patrick Boehler of the South China Morning Post reports that new research by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences showed that conservatives outnumber liberals in Chinese cities: Some 38.1 per cent of those surveyed held more...

Controversy Pursues Li Chengpeng Book Tour

A series of book signings by writer and 6.5 million-follower weibo celebrity Li Chengpeng has become a lightning rod for tensions between leftists and liberals. In an incident at a signing in Beijing on Sunday, two men threw a...

Chinese Maoists in North Korea: Paradise Lost

Despite an apparently strong showing at this autumn’s anti-Japanese protests, times are hard for China’s New Left. Bo Xilai awaits trial, Mao’s legacy faces erosion and pollution, leftist websites are under...

China’s ‘New Left’ Grows Louder

The Wall Street Journal’s Brian Spegele examines China’s ‘New Left’, which combines opposition to corruption and economic inequality with support for Maoist values and its former “ray of...

People’s Daily Urges Nationalist’s Arrest

At Tea Leaf Nation, Tom Snyder covers the fallout from an incident during last month’s anti-Japanese protests: prominent nationalist Han Deqiang’s slapping of an elderly man for “disrespecting” Mao...

Bo Issue Hangs Over CCP Congress

Disgraced former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai is still being kept out of the public eye, leaving a question mark leading up to the upcoming 18th CCP Congress. From Barbara Demick at Los Angeles Times: The government appears...

Bo Supporters Drawing Battle Lines Within the CCP

With Gu Kailai’s murder trial and conviction yesterday, leftist allies of disgraced former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai remain adamant that he and his wife are victims of a conspiracy to curb his political rise and have...

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