The Matter of Xi’s Succession

April 21, 2021

At the all-important two sessions (lianghui) meetings last month, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials adopted a new and surprisingly unambitious Five-Year Plan, reoriented the country’s technology strategy and redoubled the crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong. All of this was documented...

The Mount of Autocrats

July 10, 2020

Donald Trump would dearly like to add his face to Mount Rushmore as the fifth presidential musketeer. His fireworks-and-fury extravaganza on July 3 was the next best thing. Trump’s dystopian speech was almost beside the point. Much more important was the photo op of his smirking face next to...

Could Hong Kong Help Reshape the Future of China?

September 13, 2019

Something didn’t quite add up.This past weekend, protestors were rallying outside the American embassy in Hong Kong. They were waving American flags. They were singing "The Star-Spangled Banner." One 24-year-old protester wore a red "Make America Great Again" hat. Some signs at the...

Can Technology Help China Rebuild Social Trust?

August 01, 2019

The world’s governments and peoples must decide how to address the increasing surveillance and data collection — and the resulting loss of privacy — that digital formats provide. In recent years, much of this attention has focused on the rapidly building surveillance and data aggregation in...

China Renounces the Goal of Cultural Superiority

May 17, 2019

Xi Jinping finds an alternative to exceptionalism to consolidate China’s bid to lead the global economy. Raising the debate to the level of universal principles, Chinese President Xi Jinping has framed his response to US President Donald Trump’s doctrine of America First, a specific brand of...

No Blue Skies for Beijing

March 05, 2019

It would be impossible for China to tackle air pollution without overhauling the rural economy.  Beijing has vowed to continue cracking down on the city’s notorious smog problem in 2019, although, unlike previous years, the capital has declined to give specific target numbers for average...

The Coming Chinese World Order

February 19, 2019

Not since the modern liberal order was born in the 1940s has the world had to grapple with the possibility of its demise — at the hands of a rising China. China and the United States remain engaged in the most serious trade dispute the world has seen in generations. Today, English remains the...

The Dilemmas of China’s Economic Rise

October 09, 2018

The question remains whether China will adjust to the status quo of the global economy and abide by the laws — or not. China’s economic growth over the last 30 years has astounded the world. Since 1978, under the tenure of Deng Xiaoping, China has embarked on a process of transformation that...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: America Shows “Sincerity”?

September 26, 2018

Playing by the rules requires sincerity. But we have passed from a rules-based to a laws-based system, with a madman writing the laws. International relations between the United States and China show signs of evolving into a scenario worthy of the most melodramatic soap opera. The script now...

Donald Trump Declares Economic War on China

September 24, 2018

US tariffs will cause immense pain to China, leading to existential risks to its export-oriented economic model and much pain. After World War II, the US decided to create a new rules-based international order. It was based on institutions such as the United Nations, the World Bank and the...

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