April 26, 2012

China's Thriller May End in Reform

Timothy Garton Ash, The Guardian

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What is happening in China? That is about the most interesting political question on the planet just now, and the most difficult to answer. The officially acknowledged or otherwise plausibly attested facts of the Bo Xilai affair are worthy of a blockbuster political thriller. Its deeper causes, however, go to the heart of the weird, unprecedented system of Leninist capitalism that has emerged in China over the past 30 years. Its possible consequences for change in, perhaps one day even of, that system will do more to shape the 21st-century world than anything currently happening in Washington, Moscow, New Delhi or Brussels. Behind the walls of the Communist party leadership compound, next to the old Forbidden City, the ghost of Hegel has somehow got mixed up with Robert Ludlum.

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April 22, 2012
A Body, a Scandal and China
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
IT all began with a dead body, in a hotel in the Chinese city of Chongqing. The corpse belonged to a British businessman who was said to have drunk himself to death — odd, considering that he rarely drank. more ››
April 21, 2012
China's Identity Crisis
Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail
The peasant villager, in a straw hat and weathered hands, has long been at the heart of China’s self-mythology. Chinese tend to think of themselves as a nation of villagers, some of whom have been living in the city for... more ››
April 21, 2012
Turkey and China's Awkward Diplomacy
Peter Lee, Asia Times
If there was a message from China to visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan this month, it was that Beijing doesn't need his leadership in the Middle East. Instead of relieving tensions over Syria, Turkey is trapped... more ››
April 22, 2012
U.S. and China: Who Will Rule the Sky?
Wang Xiaoxia, Economic Observer
American and European military observers like to complain that the Chinese military is not transparent enough. But it's really just that the Chinese way is more subtle and tactful. In mid-March, the Chinese Air Force carried a... more ››