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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...

Southern Weekly Censorship Faceoff Continues (Updated)

The heavy-handed rewriting of the Southern Weekly newspaper’s traditional New Year greeting has triggered a staff strike, a barrage of letters and petitions, and an upwelling of popular support both on- and offline. In the...

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...

New Leftist Targeted in Shoe-Throwing Protest

A student at Hainan University hurled a shoe at prominent neo-Maoist Sima Nan after a lecture on Sunday, earning cheers from others in the audience. Global Voices’ Oiwan Lam translated the thrower’s introductory...

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...

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...

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...

For China’s New Left, Old Values

The Washington Post takes a look at the critics of China’s reform policies: Although Chairman Mao continues to be revered here as the visionary who founded the country and transformed it into a world power, the Communist...

China’s New Intelligentsia

In Prospect Magazine, Mark Leonard, executive director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, writes a lengthy article about China’s “ideas and who produces them”: We are used to China’s growing...



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