Google’s Eric Schmidt Unloads on China in New Book

Amid a string of accusations about Chinese hacking attacks on American news organizations, The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Gara previews The New Digital Age, a forthcoming book from Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and...

The Song of Song: Death of a Revolutionary

In a Christmas special at The Economist, Gady Epstein explores China’s brush with democracy a hundred years ago, and the single shot that may have ended it. AT 10.40pm on March 20th 1913 a young man who represented one...

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...

Sidney Rittenberg: An American in Mao’s China

90-year-old Sidney Rittenberg’s life story is one beyond compare. Not only did the South Carolina native witness first-hand the totality of Mao’s career as China’s supreme ruler, but he also played an active...

A Century After Xinhai: Whose Revolution?

100 years ago Sun Yat-Sen’s Xinhai Revolution began with the Wuchang Uprising, representing the beginning of the end for the Qing dynasty and thousands of years of imperial rule in China. The Asia Pacific Memo has been...

"Don’t Rush to Celebrate the Post-Gaddafi Era"

Chinese media views of events in Libya draw implicit contrasts between the Gaddafi regime and China’s own government. Beijing, it is suggested, has enabled the country to stand up against the West by strengthening the...

China Mulls Impact of Mideast Uprisings

With an apparent revolution underway in Egypt and potentially elsewhere in the Middle East, some observers are questioning how worried China’s leaders should be about their own job security. From the Washington Post: A...

Could Egypt’s Revolution Spread to China?

The Peking Duck blog answers for White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, who was asked at a press conference whether Egypt and Tunisia’s revolutionary momentum might reach China: Anything is possible, I suppose, but the...

Chinese peasants defend lands, village democracy

From the World War 4 Report: The Epoch Times, an international publication run by Chinese exiles harshly opposed to the People’s Republic government, ran a synopsis Oct. 15 of its ongoing coverage of the rural conflict in Taishi, a village in Guangdong now occupied by police following protests against municipal corruption. This story says much […]

China’s revolution for everyone and no one – Francesco Sisci

From Asia Times: There is a very widespread perception that street protests are just the first step in a continuum that leads inexorably to riots and ultimately revolution. But this is misleading, because there is a huge qualitative difference between protests and revolution. Revolution requires more than just an urge to change things; it needs […]

China’s Color-Coded Crackdown – Yongding

From Foreign Policy: The recent democratic revolutions in Georgia, Ukraine, and Kirgizstan sent small tremors through China’s leadership. To avoid its own “color revolution” Beijing is now quietly cracking down on those who would dare to show dissent. Its primary target? China’s civil society.

China keeps a nervous eye on colour revolutions – Hamish McDonald

From the Sydney Morning Herald: Chinese security agencies are tightening their controls over foreign non-government organisations operating in the country, fearing they are a cover for efforts to overthrow communist rule. Over the past two years, Beijing has watched with growing anxiety the overthrow of authoritarian regimes led by Soviet-era strongmen in Georgia, Ukraine and […]



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