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2017/08/08 | Marcel Angliviel de la Beaumelle

China's 'Magic Weapon': The United Front Work Department

While most observers have focused on united front work in Taiwan, the scope of the department’s mission is both foreign and domestic.

2018/08/02 | The Interpreter

Wild Rumors and Shoddy Vaccines Rifle Through China

Li Keqiang's profile has seemingly been elevated, but has it come at the expense of Xi Jinping? A recap of one of Zhongnanhai's most restless periods in recent memory.

2016/07/01 | J. Michael Cole

Polish Journalists Denied Accreditation Due to Chinese Pressure

One of the journalists says that her criticism of Beijing’s human rights track record and her signing of an open letter ahead of President Xi’s visit last month are behind Warsaw’s giving in to Beijing’s demand that she be sidelined.

2017/07/01 | Edward White

Hong Kong Activists Urge Mass Protest amid ‘Whole New Level of Intimidation, Violence’

Democracy activists, alleging police brutality and widespread harassment from pro-Beijing thugs, have called on Hong Kongers to take to the streets this afternoon.

2017/04/11 | FORTUNE

Trump Paints an Overly Rosy Picture Of His Meeting With China’s Xi Jinping

As long as economic nationalists and establishment pragmatists in the White House wage pitched battles over the China policy and Beijing and Washington continue to see each other as potential adversaries, Trump’s prediction that the 'lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away' will turn out to be wildly optimistic.

2017/08/25 | Carl Minzner

'Xi-ism' and Deepening Institutional Decay in China

The relevant question is no longer whether the 19th Party Congress will see Xi elevated above Jiang and Hu. Rather, it is: how far will this go?

2017/12/14 | Gregory Moore

President Xi: Not as Powerful as You Think

While undoubtedly China's strongest leader since Mao, Xi Jinping's Standing Committee – a 'Team of Rivals' – suggests Xi is subject to checks and balances far stronger than those faced by the Great Helmsman.

2018/08/06 | China Brief

ANALYSIS: Trade War Stalemate Threatens Xi's Stranglehold on Power

Xi's position atop China's political hierarchy may not be in danger, but the trade war with the United States has drawn out internal skeptics of Xi's economic policy. Could change be afoot in Zhongnanhai?

2017/04/12 | Alan Bairner

Xi Jinping’s Football Dream and the Nightmare Scenario

Given the power of football to help consolidate national unity but equally to provide outlets for political opposition, the realization of Xi’s dreams for Chinese football could be even more important than one might, at first glance, think.

2017/09/01 | David Brewster

India-China Standoff Paves Way for Downward Spiral in Indian Ocean Tensions

It is quite possible that the deterioration of relations between China and India – and the mutual provocations that have gone with it – may spur China to take a more forthright naval role in Gwadar or elsewhere in the Indian Ocean.

2017/12/29 | Oiwan Lam

Chatroom Jokes Lead to Jail in China

The maximum penalty for this crime is five years behind bars.

2018/08/07 | East Asia Forum

China Wants to Show the World That It's a Good Sport

China arguably won a participation trophy at the 2018 FIFA World Cup as Chinese fans and corporate sponsors stormed Russia en masse. Can the sports-crazed nation keep wielding its athletic soft power?

2017/04/26 | William Hurst

China’s Critical Year

It is China's critical year that Xi Jinping is poised for breakthroughs on many fronts if he can successfully navigate around the many mines and obstacles that stand in his path.

2017/09/07 | Oiwan Lam

China and the End of Anonymous

'Most online comments on the regulation have been hidden on social media — some threads show only two comments out of hundreds, while on others the comment section has been shut down. The majority of comments do not appear on a search.'