Democracy is Contagious

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Want a simple method for understanding top-level decision-making in China? Assume that the decision was made with the end goal of keeping the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in power. While imperfect, it’s the easiest way …

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The ‘Anti-Corruption’ Campaign That Wasn’t

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What follows is an abridged translation of a personal blog entry originally published in Chinese. –The editors On July 29, the Chinese central government officially announced that former minister of state security and former member of the elite Politburo …

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Lord of the Flies

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China’s hunt for “tigers,” or corrupt high-level officials, has been grabbing headlines but, meanwhile, another campaign has been quietly keeping pace: swatting “flies,” or Chinese officials who flout rules rather than breaks laws. Recent news reports reveal that …

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Inside China’s Blackest Box

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In the afternoon of June 27, the most powerful man in one of China’s largest and most prosperous cities was rudely interrupted in the middle of a Communist Party meeting over which he was presiding. No reliable public …

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“Let 1.3 Billion Vote”

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Democracy, meet the smart phone. Starting June 20, hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers have gone to virtual polls, infuriating Beijing. Occupy Central with Love and Peace (OCLP), a protest group that advocates election of the nominally …

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Who Lectures China’s Leaders?

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The Communist Party Politburo is the de facto power center of China. Its members — currently 23 men and two women — make the policies that directly affect 1.3 billion Chinese citizens, and, indirectly, hundreds of millions …

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