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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...

Broken Promises in the Fight Against Corruption

Before President Xi Jinping assumed power in March, he promised to crack down on corruption at all levels of the Chinese government. Since then, 2,290 officials have been disciplined in a frugality campaign, official statistics...

Success Brings Scrutiny to Chinese Mystic

Over the past week and amid a state campaign discouraging superstition among the political elite, “Qigong master” Wang Lin has attracted much attention in the Chinese media due to his relationships with high-profile...

Drawing the News: Rock Stars and Magicians

A roundup of online political cartoons from the past week. Click any image to launch gallery view. Want more? Check out CDT Chinese’s Sunday series, Empire Illustrated (图说天朝). Rock singer Wu Hongfei wrote on Weibo that she would...

Writing the Official Narrative on Bo Xilai

With Bo Xilai’s formal indictment and his trial set to open as early as next month, the Chinese government is working to set the official narrative of the case. Bo, who was popular among many of his constituents, was also...

Ministry of Truth: Sentencing of Liu Zhijun

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to these instructions as “Directives from the Ministry...

Former Railways Chief Stands Trial for Graft

Liu Zhijun, China’s former Minister of Railways, was removed from his post in February of 2011. After a lengthy investigation, Liu was formally charged with corruption, malpractice, and abuse of power in April of this...

Former Rail Minister Charged with Graft

Former Minister of Railways Liu Zhijun has been formally charged with corruption and abuse of power. Liu was removed from his post in February 2011 and has been the subject of a corruption investigation over the past two years....

Bo Xilai Case Sent to “Judicial Organs”

A short announcement from Xinhua last night indicated that the “serious law violation case” against disgraced Chongqing Party chief Bo Xilai has been transferred to “judicial organs,” without providing...

Transition On With Approval of Bo, Liu Expulsions

While eager observers will have to wait a little longer to find out who will make up the revamped Politburo Standing Committee, China’s much-anticipated leadership transition officially kicked off over the weekend as the...

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