Minxin Pei

For Minxin Pei's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Mar 31, 2015

'Singapore model' all too often misunderstood

The true secret of Lee Kuan Yew's political genius was not his skillful use of repressive practices, such as launching lawsuits against the media or his political opponents. Lee's revolutionary tack was to use democratic institutions and the rule of law to curb the ...

Feb 13, 2015

China's war on Western values

The Chinese leadership's fight against liberalism and "Western values" — such as its intensified Internet censorship and the jailing of human rights lawyers — is directly undermining its efforts to root out official corruption, promote innovation and deepen engagement with the outside world.

Down with Dengism, an obstacle to progress

Sep 8, 2014

Down with Dengism, an obstacle to progress

While former leader Deng Xiaoping — whose birth 110 years ago was recently celebrated in China — deserves appreciation for having brought China back from the abyss of Maoism, his approach, "Dengism," is now impeding the country's economic prospects.

Jun 3, 2014

The CCP defied doomsayers, but how will it last?

The problem now facing the Chinese Communist Party is that most of the factors that enabled it to survive since the Tiananmen incident 25 years ago either have already disappeared or are about to. For all practical purposes, pro-market reforms are dead, as a ...

Mar 18, 2014

China rocked by fallen tiger, shaken dragon

It wasn't clear whether Chinese President Xi Jingping would actually prosecute Zhou Yongkang — thus breaking the Communist Party's unwritten rule of immunity for retired members of the Politburo Standing Committee — until the Chinese media revealed shocking details of corruption involving Zhou's family ...

Jan 10, 2014

Xi Jinping facing three key challenges in 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping has tightened the Communist Party's control over ideology, cracked down on official corruption, repressed dissent and championed a more nationalistic foreign policy. The world will soon find out whether this politically conservative course is intended to ease unusally bold ...

Feb 1, 2012

Five myths about China's power

As China gains on the world’s most advanced economies, the country excites fascination as well as fear, particularly in the United States, where many worry that China will supplant America as the 21st century’s superpower. Many ask how China has grown so much so ...