China Policy Institute Blog

Redefining Hong Kong SAR

Written by Daniel Garrett. While undeniably the most extensive authoritarian and arguably violent crackdown by the SAR government since  the Handover, the local regime’s actions on July 2nd are best understood at this early point as a case of “killing a few chickens” to dissuade participation in OCLP and to dispel demands for civil nomination …

Xi trains his sights on the PLA

Written by Samantha Hoffman. On 31 March, state media reported that General Gu Junshan, former deputy director of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) General Logistics Department, had been charged with “suspicion of corruption, bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power”. This gives Gu the distinction of becoming the highest-ranking PLA official to be publicly charged in the …

Using Model Cases to Guide the Chinese Courts

Written by Susan Finder. One of the initiatives of the Supreme People’s Court (hereafter the Court) highlighted in its October 2013 judicial reform plan is “to expand fully the important role of leading cases and cases for reference”. Stanford Law School has a project devoted to translating and analyzing “leading cases”, which are cases so …

Xi Jinping’s Tiger Hunt

Written by Andrew Hall Wedeman. The Communist Party of China has been grappling with corruption almost from its birth. It has waged major anti-corruption campaigns repeatedly and routinely prosecutes substantial numbers of officials. Between 1997 and 2012 the Supreme People’s Procuratorate reported that it indicted 550,000 individuals on either corruption or dereliction of duty charges, …

Kunming massacre sparks media war

Written by J. Michael Cole By now we’ve all heard about Saturday night’s bloodbath at the Kunming Railway Station, where a dozen individuals wearing black uniforms descended upon innocent civilians and slashed away at them with long blades, killing 29 and injuring more than 130. The targeting of civilians is a terribly worrying development. The reaction …

Xinjiang Dreams: Worrying about ethnicity

Written by David Tobin. The ethnically targeted violence of July 2009 in Ürümchi overshadowed the lead-up to the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC. Uyghurs and Han were both victims and perpetrators and official figures claimed 197 people were killed (See here, here and here). The violence suggested that ethnic relations remain an important …

Beijing’s Uyghur Policy is Not Just Counter-Productive, it’s Disastrous

Written by Julie Yu-Wen Chen. When it comes to Uyghur-related incidents in China in recent years, the information we as observers can get is mostly based on speculations. The same applies to the recent “Tiananmen Square incident.” While I do not feel comfortable to join the speculative discussion of the potential cause and Uyghur linkage …

Bo Xilai and the meaning of life

Written by Jackie Sheehan. He still doesn’t get it, does he? The last top CCP figure to be removed from a courtroom shouting defiance was Mao’s widow Jiang Qing at the Gang of Four’s show trial in 1980, but her parting shot was “To rebel is justified!”, which had a little bit more substance to …

Taiwan’s soft power and the death penalty

By Gary Rawnsley. On 7 December 2012, Amnesty International called on Taiwan’s government to resist public pressure to reinstate the death penalty. This comes after a 10 year old boy was murdered in Tainan at the beginning of December and claims that the murderer is not afraid because of Taiwan’s retreat from enforcing capital punishment. …

China stepping into global business regulation

by Qianlan Wu. When it comes to doing business with China, for many, checking relevant laws and regulations may not necessarily stand at the top of the to-do list. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce’s decision  to reject Coca Cola’s attempt to acquire Huiyuan in 2009, however, seems to have sent out a different message.     The …