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Eric X. Li: A Tale of Two Political Systems

In a newly published talk from last month’s TEDGlobal 2013 conference, venture capitalist Eric X. Li reprises his defense of China’s one-party system, arguing that contrary to Western assumptions, it is characterized...

China’s Generation Gaps

As income inequality in China grows increasingly urgent, James Palmer examines another divide in Chinese society less frequently scrutinized in the West: the generation gap between young Chinese and their parents, which one...

The Post-Democratic Future Begins in China

At Foreign Affairs, Eric X. Li argues that China’s future lies with continued one-party rule, and that the Party’s adaptability, meritocracy and non-democratic legitimacy will carry it forward while the West...

The Key to Bringing Democracy to China

At Foreign Policy, MIT’s Yasheng Huang suggests that the best way to promote democracy in China would be to stress elite self-interest over moral values. Huang also challenges the argument that asking China to democratise...

China: A Meritocracy of Mediocrity?

With the recent handover of power to a new Politburo Standing Committee, a debate has broken out between China watchers over what to term the method through which China chooses its new leaders. In the corner arguing for...

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...

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