Li Keqiang Remembered as a Figure in Xi’s Shadow

Early on Friday morning, former Chinese Premier Li Keqiang passed away at the age of 68. According to a government statement, Li died of a sudden heart attack “after all-out rescue efforts failed.” He was said to be resting in...

China’s “Great Global Thinkers” for 2012

As the season of lists gets underway, Foreign Policy has released its ranking of the 100 Top Global Thinkers of 2012. Fresh from his coronation as GQ magazine’s Rebel of the Year, and leading the Chinese contingent at...

Li Keqiang: Liberal Background, Limited Leeway?

A master of keeping a low profile, China’s newly-nominated premier Li Keqiang is perceived by many as a cautious reformer. Cary Huang at South China Morning Post gives a detailed account of Li’s early years in Peking...

Many Urge Next Leader of China to Liberalize

Despite his mastery of keeping low profile and toeing the party line, China’s president-in-waiting Xi Jinping has recently sent out possible signals of political reform, while a chorus of voices urges him on. The New York...

Reform “Job Number One” for China’s Next Leaders

As China’s economic growth slows, president-in-waiting Xi Jinping faces urgent calls to boldly push through reforms. From Chris Buckley at Reuters: China heads into next month’s party congress – where Xi is set...

Wary of Unrest, China Cracks Down on Dissent

The Chinese government has recently initiated a new round of suppression. China Digital Times has covered the Chinese government’s harsh crackdowns extensively. But what accounts for this sudden period of intense...

China Ex-censor Claims Key Tiananmen Memoirs Role

Reuters is reporting that former official Du Daozheng has publicly announced that he played a major role in recording Zhao Ziyang’s recently released memoir: Du Daozheng, reformist chief of the General Administration of...



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