Xi and Biden Show Resolve, Cool Tensions in Bali Meeting

U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping met on Monday in Bali for their first in-person meeting since Biden took office. Buoyed by their recent political victories at home, the two leaders sought to...

Black Friday in Red China

November 11th was Singles Day—in Evan Osnos’ words, the “Chinese answer to Black Friday … an orgy of consumption on a level the world has rarely seen”. At The New Yorker, Osnos contrasts this festival of middle...

China’s Land Seizures Drop

At The Age, John Garnaut reports that China is seeing a reduction in violent land grabs as land prices drop and government policy softens: The slowdown in the Chinese economy is producing an unexpected reduction in violence and...

30 Questions for Democracy Opponents

While relatively satisfied with—or relieved by—the results, Beijing viewed recent elections on Taiwan with deep suspicion, even going so far as to order that visitors from the mainland remain quarantined in their hotel rooms....

The Third Wheel: China’s Legal System

In the aftermath of the Wukan protests, Chinese author Yu Hua writes in a New York Times Op-Ed about the uneven balance between China’s grievance process, its legal system and the government’s insistence on stability...

Organized Wukan Villagers Plan Next Steps

Villagers in Wukan snubbed the request of local Communist Party officials to discuss a possible resolution to the standoff on Sunday, as they continue to await the release of Xue Jinbo’s body and a satisfactory conclusion...

Legal Scholar Warns Against Expanded State Power

Professor Jiang Ping of the China University of Political Science and Law warned on Sunday that growing state power threatens people’s rights and the country’s stability. From Caixin online: Though Jiang did not...

China’s Violent Push for “Stability”

China Media Project translates an article by Fellow Yu Jianrong, originally published in January in Xinhua’s International Herald Leader. Yu argues that the government’s obsession with stability above all else is...

For Light, For Time: Visiting Chen Guangcheng

Controversy over Relativity Media’s shoot near the site of Chen Guangcheng’s house arrest has continued to spread, with reports at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, among others, as well...

The China Model and the Authoritarian State

Suisheng Zhao writes at East Asia Forum about the apparent triumphs and potential pitfalls of the “China Model”: For all its glitter and shimmer, the China model has some clear faultlines that are responsible for...

Is Hu Jintao Just Buying Time?

China Media Project analyzes President Hu Jintao’s keynote speech on the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party: The Party’s legacy was described as an unqualified success, a faultless saga of...

How Mencius Undermines Tyrants

At The Useless Tree, Sam Crane describes a Mencian alternative to conventional authoritarian stability management. He takes as his starting point an op-ed in The New York Times, “How Tyrants Endure”, by the authors...



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