A Turning Point for Hong Kong

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HONG KONG — Future generations may well commemorate Sept. 28, 2014 in the history of Hong Kong as the day when the famously apolitical city turned unmistakably political. Tens of thousands of protesters, calling for “true democracy” — that …

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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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