China’s New Leadership: Pitfalls and Opportunities

December 09, 2012

China’s new leaders must deal with the challenge of endemic corruption and increasing numbers of mass incidents. In 1993, at the 72nd anniversary of the founding of China’s Communist Party, Jiang Zemin warned of the threat that corruption posed to China, stating: “If we do not...

No Change: Social Media and China’s Leadership Transition

November 23, 2012

Over the past four years, social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook have played significant roles in stoking political events. The United States presidential elections, the Occupy movement and the Arab Spring each demonstrate the extent to which social media can facilitate popular...

More Questions Than Answers: Assessing China’s Leadership Transition

November 20, 2012

We only have a vague idea of what Xi Jinping’s policies are going to be. Is China turning into a more capitalist system or will Beijing fail to address crucial reforms? Capping months of public speculation and behind-the-scenes political maneuvering, China's 18th Communist Party Congress...

China: New Leaders, Old Policy

November 17, 2012

The Communist Party of China just concluded the 18th Party congress. Given the ongoing socio-economic issues and an increasingly independent army, will the new leadership bring about a change in China’s foreign policy? On 8 November, 2,270 delegates of the Chinese Communist Party gathered in...

China After the 18th Party Congress: Closing the Coastal-Inland Gap

November 16, 2012

China’s leaders are facing an enormous coastal-inland income gap. Beijing will have to embrace serious reforms to unravel social tensions. On 28 September, China finally announced that the 18th Party Congress would be held on 8 November, two days after the US general elections. The 18th...

China: The Leadership Changes, Now What?

November 15, 2012

A new leadership has taken charge in China; its decisions are going to determine the fate of the Middle Kingdom and the rest of the world. Background The Chinese Communist Party (CPC) has just concluded its once-in-a decade congress. Delegates, no less than 2270 of them, met in the Great Hall of...