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Mostly Men in Black

At Foreign Policy this week, Nels Frye examined civilian official’s curious uniformity of dress at the 18th Party Congress, and the various political pressures that encourage it. China’s top leaders have been...

The Bookworms of China

At The International Herald Tribune, Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore reports on the Beijing International Book Fair. Despite official restrictions, the Chinese book market is now the world’s largest, with 7.7 billion volumes...

Inflation and Inequality

It is a truth, Zhu Rongji acknowledged, that a country with a Gini coefficient above 0.4 may be at risk of social unrest due to severe income inequality. While China’s official figure has been hidden for over ten years,...

Inequality: China Keeps Gini in Bottle

While authorities reluctantly prepare to cough up formerly hidden data on air quality, Caixin reports on other figures the government has preferred to keep to itself. China’s Gini coefficient, a key measure of income...

A Former Premier of China Speaks

At The Atlantic, Damien Ma translates some “classic quotes” from a new collection of Zhu Rongji’s speeches and letters: “You (referring to cadres) are neither diligent nor independent. You go out drinking...

China's Puzzling Numbers

In an extract from his new book, The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Orlik examines “the political and technical challenges facing statisticians measuring the size and growth rate of the world’s second largest...

China's Retired Leaders Don't Fade Away

The Economist notes the potentially disruptive accumulation of former Chinese leaders pulling strings from behind the scenes—and even returning to the stage: When former leaders have kept a hand in things, they have...

Newspaper’s Investigative Unit Shuttered in China

The Committee to Protect Journalists reports the closure of Wang Keqin’s famed investigative reporting team at China Economic Times, confirming fears stirred by earlier postings on Sina Weibo. Xie Baokang, assistant to the...

Our Maverick Premier Takes an Alma Mater Bow

On April 22, former Premier Zhu Rongji spoke at the 100th anniversary of his Alma Mater, Tsinghua University. In his speech, the outspoken Zhu made a number of remarks that have since gotten a great deal of attention from...

Zhu Rongji at Fuzhou

From ÈòøÂøÜGG – BLOG, former primer Zhu Rongji visited Lin Zexu Musuem in Fuzhou, Fujian province in July 2006. Zhu was surrounded by plainclothes security guards, but was
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