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2018/03/28 | Taiwan Insight

OPINION: Taiwan Can Breathe Easier after Xi's Power Play

Xi Jinping may well plan to step aside as president in 2023, but he will maintain power behind the scenes anyway.

2018/03/26 | TJ Ting

OPINION: The CCP's Greatest Fear Is That Taiwan Does Not Fear Them

The main purpose of Chinese censorship isn’t to keep the truth from being exposed, but to maintain an unquestioning attitude to authority.

2018/03/23 | Stellina Chen

Xi Whistles in the Wind

China's president is trying to play the referee over the Taiwan Travel Act, but is he holding the right cards?

2018/03/02 | Tristan Kenderdine

OPINION: Xi's Consolidation of Power Will Ultimately Weaken China

Xi's move to abolish two-term limits on the presidency signals the end of the Reform Era and a deepening of Party reform of the State that will ultimately lead to a weaker China.

2018/02/27 | Stellina Chen

CARTOON: All Hail Emperor Xi

All bets are off now China President Xi Jinping has no limit to his time in power.

2018/02/26 | Richard McGregor

Is Xi Following in Mao's Footsteps?

With the removal of presidential term limits, Chinese politics may be going back to the era of strongman rule.

2017/12/29 | Oiwan Lam

Chatroom Jokes Lead to Jail in China

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

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.

2017/11/10 | Jinghan Zeng

The End of History: Liberal Democracy or New China Model?

Jinghan Zeng argues that China is still playing a long ideological game against the West and that 'The End of History' is no longer guaranteed to favor Western liberal democracy.

2017/11/08 | Erica Frantz

Here’s How Xi’s Consolidation of Power Could Shape China’s Political Future

As Xi Jinping uses his personality to centralize power, he may be more willing to take risks.

2017/11/03 | Louisa Lim

Xi's 'New Era' Censorship Bans Books, Curbs Curiosity

'What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who would want to read one.' The ideological conformity of the New Era hints at a frightening prospect: that both Orwell and Huxley's fears could be realized simultaneously in Xi Jinping's China.

2017/10/31 | Suzanne Pepper

Xi Jinping Shatters Hong Kong Handover Illusion

Chinese President Xi Jinping's report to the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China revealed once and for all that Beijing intends to exercise 'comprehensive jurisdiction' over Hong Kong, and that the 1997 promise of '50 years without change' can now be consigned to the dustbin of history.

2017/10/29 | Hui Feng and Stephen Bell

Expect No Surprises in China's 'New Era' Economic Policy

Stability and redistribution will be the watchwords of the Xi administrations economic policy as China strives to achieve its goal of becoming a "moderately prosperous society" by 2021.

2017/10/27 | Stellina Chen

CARTOON: All the President's 'Yes' Men

This week's unveiling of a new Politburo Standing Committee included no clear successor to Xi Jinping.

2017/10/19 | Stellina Chen

CARTOON: Beware the Cult of Xi

For all the assertions of China's rising power and strength at the ongoing 19th Party Congress in Beijing, the country's inability to reconcile its past and vulnerability to cults of personality point to inherent institutional weakness.