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    China's Leadership Succession: From Bad to Worse

    In the wake of the Beidaihe leadership conference, Chinese leaders almost certainly expected to return to their posts, pending the 18th Party Congress this fall, having resolved the shape of the new leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Only it doesn’t seem to be quite working out that way. … More

    Keeping an Eye on the Other Leadership Race—in China

    The impending convening of the 2012 Beidaihe conference in China is a meeting of global significance. China is now the world’s second-largest economy and has a military that has benefited from two decades of double-digit growth. The decisions made in Beidaihe will affect us for the next 10 years and … More

    Reforming Reform in China

    The head of China’s People’s Congress announced Friday that any movements toward a Western-style democracy were off the table. Within the announcement, Wu Bangguo specifically ruled out multi-party elections, the division of the People’s Congress into two houses, separate branches of government with power to balance one another, and formal … More

    China and Middle East Regime Change

    Recent upheavals in the Middle East—including the overthrow of the governments in Tunisia and Egypt, riots in Bahrain, and near civil war in Libya—raise the question of what lessons the People’s Republic of China, and especially the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), are likely to have learned. The concern focuses not … More