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Rising China? Responsible China?

The Chinese Communist Party’s Third Plenum released its plan for reforms, including moving toward the free market in allocating resources, abolishing prison reeducation, easing the one-child restriction for some families and eliminating local control over the judiciary. Despite such guidance on reforms, though, the plan is also designed to strengthen the party’s control, writes journalist Frank Ching.

Read Here – YaleGlobal

Getting Performance Right

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) remains in power because its governance system has proven flexible enough to either respond to or preempt emergent social, economic and political pressures.

Read Here – The Diplomat

Economic Year Zero In China

It is inevitable, perhaps, that we tend to focus on leaders when we examine grand political and economic transitions. But they are not the only actors in these dramas. Deng Xiaoping and his colleagues triumphed precisely because they unleashed the creativity and the entrepreneurial urges of millions of Chinese. Many of them — shocking though it might be to think — were not even members of the Chinese Communist Party.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

Why Do China’s Leaders Dye Their Hair?

Beneath a giant hammer and sickle, the elite at the top of the Communist Party assembled for the country’s annual parliament session last week, all wearing the same unofficial uniform. As they stood to listen to the county’s national anthem, the politicians stood in perfect rows, spaced a few feet apart. Each person had a white teacup and a copy of the premier’s upcoming speech on the desk directly in front on them. From a distance, it was nearly impossible to distinguish one leader from another. At the top levels of the Communist Party, it seems, leaders take pains to blend in with one another.

Read Here – BBC

Next Round Of Power Jockeying Begins In China

Even as Xi Jinping gets ready to assume the presidency of China this month, jockeying has begun for 2017 when rising stars of the ruling Communist Party move into top leadership posts. China’s first and second generation Communist Party leaders, such as Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, ruled as single paramount leaders. But over the past two decades, Chinese leaders have tried to institutionalize governance with an emphasis on collective leadership – except when it comes to choosing leaders.

Read Here – Reuters

5 Ways China Could Become a Democracy

Speculating about China’s possible political futures is an intellectual activity that intrigues some and puzzles many.  The conventional wisdom is that the entrenched Chinese Communist Party (CCP), so determined to defend and perpetuate its political monopoly, has the means to survive for an extended period (though not forever).  A minority view, however, holds that the CCP’s days are numbered.  In fact, a transition to democracy in China in the next 10 to 15 years is a high probability event.

Read Here – The Diplomat

Tackling China’s Public Health Crisis

Trying to wrap one’s arms around China today is a significant challenge. It is a global power with a growing economy, rising military, and expanding diplomatic reach. Yet there continues to be a gnawing sense in and outside China that all is not quite right. Whether it is the 180,000 protests annually, the growing flight of capital and people to the West, or the potentially ruinous impact of corruption on the Communist Party’s legitimacy, uncertainty about China and its future is much greater than the country’s impressive global standing might suggest.

Read Here – CNN

Partners In Cooperation, Not Rivals In Competition

As the report at the 18th Party Congress has stated, China will hold high the banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics. It will free up the mind and implement reform policies. It will open up, pool strengths, overcome difficulties, and strive to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society. By 2020, when the CPC celebrates its centenary, China would have doubled its 2010 GDP and per capita income for both urban and rural residents, and built a moderately prosperous society. By mid-century, when the People’s Republic of China marks its centennial, China would have become a modern socialist country — prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced and harmonious. During more than 90 years of exploration, the CPC’s greatest achievement is the building of socialism with Chinese characteristics, by integrating Marxism with the reality of contemporary China and with the underlying features of the times. Following the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics is an inevitable path to realising the “China Dream” and creating a good life for Chinese people.

Read Here – The Hindu

Why China and the U.S. Can Be Capitalist Comrades

China’s growth has slowed a bit this year, but the surge in vivid predictions about the country’s future continues to amaze observers. This observer, at any rate.

Experts foresee imminent financial collapse or an uninterrupted rise to economic preeminence. The ruling Communist Party will either loosen or tighten its grip. The consequences for the U.S. and the rest of the world will be either benign or disastrous.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Xi Climbs to Power Mixing Father’s Capitalism With Mao Communism

Days after Xi Jinping became chief in 2002 of Zhejiang, China’s hotbed of private enterprise, he set out on a tour of the province. His message: more capitalism.

Promoted five years later to the party’s top policy making body in Beijing, and heir-apparent to President Hu Jintao, Xi lectured students at the Communist Party’s main school, by the Imperial Summer Palace. His plea this time: more Marxism.

Read Here – Bloomberg

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