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    A Tiananmen solution in Hong Kong?

    Asia focus, Minxin Pei, Published on 02/09/2019

    » The crisis in Hong Kong appears to be careening toward a devastating climax. With China's government now using rhetoric reminiscent of the warnings that preceded the Tiananmen Square massacre in June 1989, Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters -- and, indeed, its democracy -- could well be in grave danger.

  • OPINION

    The lasting tragedy of the Tiananmen massacre

    News, Minxin Pei, Published on 03/06/2019

    » China's progress toward an open society ended when the People's Liberation Army (PLA) slaughtered at least hundreds, if not thousands, of peaceful demonstrators in and around Beijing's Tiananmen Square on June 3-4, 1989. The crackdown left a lasting stain on the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), despite the regime's unrelenting efforts to whitewash history and suppress collective memory.

  • OPINION

    The risks of China's Taiwan policy

    News, Minxin Pei, Published on 14/01/2019

    » The unfolding geopolitical contest between China and the United States has been described by many as a new cold war. If it ever becomes a hot one, the flash point could be Taiwan, owing in large part to Chinese policy toward the island.

  • BUSINESS

    China's Hong Kong dilemma

    Asia focus, Minxin Pei, Published on 03/07/2017

    » Amid the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to Chinese rule on July 1, Beijing has been declaring that, contrary to dire predictions, the former British colony has thrived, and that the "one country, two systems" model designed by Deng Xiaoping, China's late paramount leader, has been a resounding success.

  • OPINION

    TPP can still keep China on its toes

    News, Minxin Pei, Published on 26/05/2017

    » When US President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in January, many observers saw that decision as a boon for China. If so, it may not last.

  • OPINION

    China revives totalitarian scare tactics

    News, Minxin Pei, Published on 10/02/2016

    » China is once again gripped by fear in a way it has not been since the era of Mao Zedong. From the inner sanctum of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to university lecture halls and executive suites, the spectre of harsh accusations and harsher punishment is stalking China’s political, intellectual, and business elites.

  • OPINION

    Can Xi-Obama summit salvage relations?

    News, Minxin Pei, Published on 23/09/2015

    » As Chinese President Xi Jinping begins his trip to the United States in Seattle, home to many of the world's leading technology firms, most observers are looking ahead to his subsequent meeting with President Barack Obama. Can the summit reverse the downward spiral in US-China relations that began with Mr Xi's accession to power in 2013?

  • OPINION

    Soviet lessons for Chinese purges

    News, Minxin Pei, Published on 18/08/2015

    » On Aug 1, China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) celebrated its 88th anniversary. But the country's 2.3 million soldiers have little to cheer about. On the eve of the anniversary, the PLA's former top general, Guo Boxiong, was unceremoniously booted out of the Communist Party and handed over to military prosecutors to face corruption charges, including allegations that he took large bribes from fellow PLA officers in exchange for promotions. And Mr Guo will not be the last PLA officer to face such charges.

  • BUSINESS

    China's futile war on Western values

    Asia focus, Minxin Pei, Published on 16/02/2015

    » The news from China these days is mostly depressing, owing to the government's escalating crackdown on its critics. But what few observers — particularly economic analysts — seem to understand is that the Chinese leadership's fight against liberalism and "Western values" is directly undermining its efforts to root out official corruption, promote innovation and entrepreneurship, and deepen engagement with the outside world.

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