February 26, 2014

Why China Is Silencing Its J. Edgar Hoover

Isaac Stone Fish, Foreign Policy


Zhou's case -- if there is indeed a case against him -- is arguably the most important Chinese corruption investigation in decades, if not in the People's Republic of China's 65-year-history. Yet -- and here's the maddeningly opaque part -- we can only hypothesize about the what, when, why, and how of "the case." This murky struggle, playing out behind closed doors throughout China, is inaccessible to those outside China's elite. Even the "who" isn't confirmed: Beijing has not announced Zhou is under investigation, nor have any Chinese officials said on the record that Zhou is under suspicion, and domestic Chinese media doesn't dare to print Zhou's name in articles about the investigations of his subordinates. But even if we cannot know for certain what is happening to Zhou, his fate...

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February 13, 2014
China Will Never Replace America
Zack Beauchamp, The Week
Many people seem to think it's simply a matter of when, not if, China takes the reins of world leadership. How, they think, can America's 314 million people permanently outproduce a population that outnumbers the U.S. by over a... more ››
February 14, 2014
China's Historical Amnesia
Minxin Pei, Indian Express
In 1984, George Orwell observes that those who control the present control the past; those who control the past control the future. What he means is that rulers in a totalitarian regime must fabricate history in order to survive.... more ››
February 15, 2014
Asia's Dangerous History Wars
Rajan Menon, The National Interest
Recent scholarship on World War I, most recently Christopher Clark’s masterful account, has challenged the many Manichean interpretations of the war that assign all, or most, of the blame to Kaiser Wilhelm’s Germany.... more ››
February 13, 2014
China's Ascent to Space Superpower
Phil McKenna, NewScientist
ON 14 December 2013, the top trending topics on China's biggest social networks were a popular TV show and a football match. If it hadn't been for a concerted push from China's state-controlled media, the casual observer... more ››
February 13, 2014
A Bit of harmony in Cross-Strait Relations
Christian Science Monitor
In a historic first meeting of official representatives, China and Taiwan appear to warm up ties despite the mainland's claim to the island nation. Is this a new Beijing seeking a peaceful rise? more ››