Monthly Archives: July 2014

Institutional Reform or Purge? A Middle Way on China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign

Two contrasting takes on China’s continuing anti-corruption campaign have appeared in the past couple of days that show the radical differences among perspectives on the nature of the campaign and its likely consequences. Li Chengyan, head of Peking University’s Research … Continue reading

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Centralization and Mega-Beijing

Bill Bishop’s Sinocism today links to a nice SCMP story on a proposed “Beijing-Hebei-Tianjin integration.” I think that the piece gets at what is principally driving these discussions–centralization of power and control: China is readying an assault on the “fortress … Continue reading

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Snowpiercer’s Underclass

Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer is a visually impressive and thought-provoking film. While many of the thoughts that it provokes are of plot holes, political themes are evident throughout. As Alyssa Rosenberg writes, “Snowpiercer,” the dystopian adaptation of a French graphic novel about … Continue reading

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The CCP’s Third Act?

What would it take for conventional wisdom to accept that we are presently witnessing the beginning of the PRC’s third act: the Xi Era? Currently, analysts look at post-1949 Chinese domestic politics as falling into two distinct periods: a Mao … Continue reading

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