The embrace of political strongmen reflects widespread ignorance of the nature and consequences of populist rule.
It makes little sense that Beijing is so pleased about the struggles of China's most valuable trading partners.
With China's international influence growing by the day, the revival of totalitarian scare tactics there has far-reaching — and deeply unsettling — implications for Asia and the world.
The abolition of China's 35-year-old one-child policy closes one of the darkest chapters in the country's history.
To achieve his goal of consolidating Communist Party rule in China, President Xi Jinping needs to secure the PLA's unimpeachable loyalty — and that requires the purge of unreliable or corrupt officers.
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 ...
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.
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.
To effect change in China, Xi Jinping must built a coalition capable of advancing his declared goal of reviving pro-market reforms.
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 ...