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    Arrest of Senior Chinese Officer More Proof That the Party Is in Control of the Military

    This past week, retired Chinese general Xu Caihou was detained in the course of an investigation into corruption within the senior ranks of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). What is striking is that Xu was previously one of the vice chairmen of the Central Military Commission (CMC), the body that … More

    In China, the Party Still Controls the Gun

    General Peng Yong, commander of the Xinjiang Military District in China’s Lanzhou Military Region (MR), has reportedly been fired from the Xinjiang Chinese Communist Party (CCP) standing committee—the top leadership organization for the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. This was apparently in response to this past week’s incident, where a Uyghur-driven … More

    China Maritime Challenge Not Going Away

      Chinese news reports today indicate that Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping (who is also the president of China), at a study session of the CCP Politburo (the Party’s top leadership), emphasized the importance of maritime power. This is not a newfound interest but instead reflects a … More

    “China Dream”: Rejection or Revival?

    Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping has talked a great deal about the “China Dream.” It remains to be seen, however, whether this dream is a call for national renewal or for revanchism and Chinese nationalism at the expense of its neighbors. Soon after assuming … More

    No Sequestration for Chinese Military Spending

    The Chinese yesterday announced new defense and internal security budgets. In keeping with the average double-digit annual increases of the past 20 years, Chinese military spending will rise by 10.7 percent. These consistent massive increases, announced ahead of the 12th National People’s Congress—the world’s largest parliament—have allowed Chinese military modernization … More

    China's Next Military Leadership Takes Shape

    This morning’s news reports indicate that a large portion of the Central Military Commission (CMC), the entity that actually manages and oversees China’s multimillion-man military, is now in place. When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) 18th Party Congress convenes two days after the U.S. election, the top Chinese leadership will … More

    50 Years Later: Lessons on Escalation from the Cuban Missile Crisis

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a major event in the Cold War. With the U.S. and the Soviet Union on the brink of what many feared was nuclear conflict, both President John F. Kennedy and Premier Nikita Khrushchev fumbled for a way to end … More

    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

    Increasing Instability in China Bodes Ill for 2012

    For the last three months, the village of Wukan in Guangzhou, China, has been the scene of unrest. Locals were outraged that, for years, their lands were often being sold from under them by village officials. When petitions to provincial-level authorities brought no relief, they began to stage public protests, … 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