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Beijing Listens to the People. What Does That Mean?

At The Washington Post last week, Simon Denyer reported on the expansion of Beijing’s efforts to gather data on public opinion, both online and through surveys: [… T]he government is trying to understand public opinion on...

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...

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...

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...

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...

On Vogel & Kissinger’s “Sino-Americana”

Science fiction author William Gibson has frequently argued that “novels set in imaginary futures are necessarily about the moment in which they are written”; that the real subject matter of ‘1984’ was...

Yasheng Huang: The China Growth Fantasy

In the Wall Street Journal, Yasheng Huang, author of Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics: Entrepreneurship and the State, debunks the “decoupling” theory: The fundamental problem, and a mortal bias of economists,...

Chinese Capitalism

From The Economist: MOST people, particularly those living outside China, assume that the country’s phenomenal growth and increasing global heft are based on a steady, if not always smooth, transition to capitalism. Thirty years...

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