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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.

2017/10/18 | Kevin Carrico

'Insignificant' CCP Congress Opens in Beijing

Although the perceived importance of this Congress is a rare instance of consensus between domestic and international China commentators, a counter-interpretation may be more revealing: nothing of actual significance will happen in Beijing this week.

2017/10/17 | Richard C. Bush

What Will Xi Jinping Say About Taiwan at the 19th Party Congress?

Richard C. Bush examines past speeches to predict what China's leadership might say about Taiwan in the upcoming Chinese Communist Party Congress.

2017/10/10 | Derek Hird

Xi Jinping’s Family Values Contribute to China's Gender Inequality

Ranked 90th on the United Nations' 2015 Gender Inequality Index, China still has a long way to go, and Xi's view on gender is not helping the case.

2017/09/28 | Dr. Willy Wo-Lap Lam

The Empty Truth of Xi Jinping Thought

As the 19th National Congress of the CPP Approaches, Xi Jinping Thought looks set to be installed in the Party's constitution – ranking alongside only Mao Zedong Thought in terms of doctrinal weight. But whereas The Great Helmsman's dogma looked to the future, Xi is set solely on consolidating power for himself and his party.

2017/09/23 | Frances Kitt

China: No Country for Old Men?

The way in which Xi deals with the age question in the make-up of the PSC will be a good indicator of the nature of his power and the extent of his success.

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.'

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.

2017/08/25 | 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?