China Policy Institute Blog

China, Japan and the Media: The Politics and Business of Selective Remembering

Written by Wanning Sun. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of China’s ‘War against the Japanese Invasion’. It may therefore be an opportune moment to reflect on how the politics of remembering plays out in the Chinese media. Twenty years ago, while doing research for my doctoral dissertation (which was concerned with how …

From globalized corruption to globalized anti-corruption

Written by Hu Angang. Development is the core pursuit of all societies. However, as the saying goes, there is no free lunch and there is always a price to pay for development. Corruption is one such cost. In the seminar held by the research department of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection in 1995, I advanced …

Why Fresh Thinking on the South China Sea is a Problem

Written by Kerry Brown. Almost certainly one of the headaches that a new American president will have to start engaging with when they finally come into office in a year and a half’s time will be the complex claims and counter-claims over sovereignty and maritime borders in the South and East China Sea. Issues that once …

Anti-Corruption: Can shock therapy sustain party’s leadership?

Written by Zhuang Chen.Chinese leaders at various junctures have advocated fighting against corruption; mainly with feeble results. A cynical common view is that anti-corruption campaigns are nothing more than “loud thunder with small raindrops”. However, it seems that Xi Jinping has made anti-corruption a key plank of his presidency, thus elevating it to new heights. In …

China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign and Economic Development

Written by Jenny Li Jie.For the past two and a half years, China’s unprecedented high profile anti-corruption campaign under President Xi Jinping’s leadership has drawn worldwide attention. Domestically, Xi enjoys strong support from the general public, who have harboured deep resentment against those “tigers” and “flies” whose embezzlement and bribery have done enormous damage to …

An Alternative Solution to Corruption Control in China: To Raise Xi Jinping’s Salary?

Written by Alfred M. Wu. Methods for targeting corruption in China have been a fascinating topic for practitioners and academics. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Chinese Communist Party is investing all its energy into fighting ‘tigers’ in order to frighten all public officials to give up corrupt behaviours. Alternative solutions to the current the anti-corruption movement have …

Are Chinese Anti-Corruption Campaigns Still Campaigns?

Written by Ling Li. Campaigns, as an enforcement approach, are the antithesis to routine enforcement. It means that campaigns are first and foremost temporary and periodic, aimed at creating deterrence in a short span of time by mobilising additional resources and deploying them in a concentrated manner. The anti-corruption campaign, as it has been unanimously characterised …

Xi Jinping’s ‘Rule of Law’ with Chinese Characteristics

Written by Zheng Yongnian and Shan Wei.In October 2014, at the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Fourth Plenum of the 18th Party Congress, China’s most powerful leaders passed a reform plan on the legal system. This plan entitled Decision on Several Important Issues Regarding the All-Around Promotion of Ruling the State According to Law vows to build …

Fighting Corruption

Written by Joseph Fewsmith.Xi Jinping’s campaign against corruption is now over two and a half years old. It has certainly gone on longer, cut deeper, and affected more people than anyone might have imagined at its inception. There are at least two aspects of this campaign that are of considerable interest: the first is what …

Xi Jinping’s Internet anti-corruption campaign

Written by Ping Shum and Zheng Yongnian. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) plays an increasing role in fighting corruption worldwide. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has extended e-government in the fight against crime and against corruption in particular.  By promoting Internet anti-corruption efforts and encouraging the general public to participate, the Chinese party-state under Xi …