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After all the talk about reform at the CCP plenum, Xi Jinping showed he was mainly interested in power

After all the talk about reform at the CCP plenum, Xi Jinping showed he was mainly interested in power

Perhaps the best comment on the just-ended plenary session of the Chinese Communis Party (CCP) Central Committee was made by the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock markets, which dropped respectively…

Xi in closed meeting: Party must ‘be resolute in controlling the Internet’

Xi in closed meeting: Party must ‘be resolute in controlling the Internet’

President Xi Jinping has warned that the survival of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) hinges on its ability to control the Internet. In an unpublicized speech that was first circulated…

‘Likonomics’? No, Xi rules that Party control and favored monopolies trump free market policies

The Beijing propaganda machinery has gone into overdrive to advertise the upcoming plenary session of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee, which is scheduled to endorse an economic-reform blueprint.…

Beijing beefing up ‘strategic triangle’ with Russia and India to counter U.S. containment policy

Beijing beefing up ‘strategic triangle’ with Russia and India to counter U.S. containment policy

A series of diplomatic moves among the three members of the BRICS group has thrown into relief Beijing’s latest strategy to counter what it perceives as an anti-China containment policy…

Xi honors both his liberal father and Mao in bid to unify the splintered ‘Red aristocracy’

Xi honors both his liberal father and Mao in bid to unify the splintered ‘Red aristocracy’

President Xi Jinping has surprised party cadres and members by holding a high-profile celebration of the 100th birthday of his late father Xi Zhongxun, a former Politburo member and vice-premier…

Beijing exploits Obama’s absence with diplomatic offensive targeting Southeast Asia

Beijing exploits Obama’s absence with diplomatic offensive targeting Southeast Asia

The Chinese leadership has stepped up its “smile diplomacy” vis-à-vis Southeast Asia even as President Barack Obama has been forced to stay home to handle the government-shutdown crisis. Immediately after…

Why Commander-in-chief Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign can’t get traction in the PLA

Why Commander-in-chief Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign can’t get traction in the PLA

After nabbing “big tigers” such as former Politburo member Bo Xilai and at least five former executives of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), President Xi Jinping seems to be…

Beijing slaps U.S. diplomat’s ‘irresponsible’ comments as Party vets Hong Kong candidates

Beijing slaps U.S. diplomat’s ‘irresponsible’ comments as Party vets Hong Kong candidates

Beijing has ratcheted up its rhetoric against alleged efforts by the United States to “interfere” in the political development of Hong Kong. The special administrative region (SAR) of Hong Kong…

Guangdong’s pacesetter status for China economic reforms snatched by Shanghai

Guangdong’s pacesetter status for China economic reforms snatched by Shanghai

The imminent opening of a free trade zone (FTZ) in Shanghai has threatened the status of the southern province of Guangdong as a pacesetter for market-style economic reforms. According to…

China’s new ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ through Central Asia seeks to exclude both Russia and U.S.

China’s new ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ through Central Asia seeks to exclude both Russia and U.S.

President Xi Jinping has sought to kill several birds with one stone through his proposal of forming a “Silk Road Economic Belt” with five Central Asian states. The Chinese supremo…