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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Why Did Xi Skip the World Cup?

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The private lives of China’s leaders have such a black box quality that when state media released a video of President Xi Jinping delivering New Year’s greetings from his office on December 31, it caused a stir. …

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What Will China’s National Security Commission Do?

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On May 6, China published its first national security blue book. The book outlined problems Beijing sees itself facing in internal security — including Western nations cultural hegemony threatening China’s socialist values, terrorism, and the “export” of Western democracy …

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Mixed Signals on Xinjiang

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Chinese President Xi Jinping just spent four days that, in the heavily vetted and curated universe of Chinese state media, appeared full of smiles. But the images of harmony left behind from that visit look …

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A Merkel, a Map, a Message to China?

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On March 28, German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping at a dinner where they exchanged gifts. Merkel presented to Xi a 1735 map of China made by prolific French cartographer Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville …

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Why Chinese Media Is Going Soft on Sochi

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Ready or not, Putingrad (aka Sochi) is now on prime time. The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics will take place in the subtropical Russian resort town on Feb. 7. In the Twittersphere, Western journalists and visitors …

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