Xi stakes out the moral high ground

With his appeals to China’s sense of national greatness, Xi Jinping seems to be following in the footsteps of Mao. KERRY BROWN reports. Meeting Chinese leaders, either at provincial or national level, is always a dramatic occasion for visitors. Governors or Party secretaries of provinces, or members of the Politburo or ministries in Beijing, receive …

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A fearful symmetry

Members of the privileged families of the party–state are escaping China’s current anti-corruption campaign, writes GEREMIE R. BARME. Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry? —William Blake By September 2014, some 48 high-level Chinese Communist Party cadres, military officials and party–state bureaucrats—that …

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An unofficial history of China’s Cultural Revolution

The diaries of people who lived through the Cultural Revolution may show the ‘10-year catastrophe’ in a new light, writes SHAN WINDSCRIPT. When I first told my mother about my research project she looked somewhat bemused and then asked, ‘But what good are those diaries?’ Like millions of other Chinese people, she had been an …

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Xi walks tightrope on Xinjiang policy

Beijing signals a change in tack in dealing with its intractable western province, writes BRETT ELMER. Eid al-Fitr—the festival where Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan—was marked in Xinjiang this year by bloody clashes between Chinese police and Uyghurs. On 28 July, violence broke out in Shache (in Uyghur, Yarkand) county, Kashgar province, in southern …

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Tiananmen, 25 years on

Twenty-five years after the events of Tiananmen Square, the issue is still far from settled, writes RICHARD RIGBY On the night of 3–4 June 1989, units of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) entered Beijing, killing some hundreds of ordinary Beijing citizens as they made their way to their objective, Tiananmen Square, the focal point of …

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