Commentary / World 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 ...

Commentary / World 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

Commentary / World 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.

Commentary / World 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 ...