China Policy Institute Blog

Xi’s Impossible Trinity – Innovation, Anti-Corruption and Political Stability

Written by Lauren Johnston. In economics the impossible trinity describes how governments can set only two of three macroeconomic policy variables, even if they are all independently desirable. Those three variables are fixed exchange rates, independent monetary policy and free movement of capital. Amid calls from former Chinese leaders Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin that President …

Zero tolerance of corruption, but who’s first for investigation?

Written by Jackie Sheehan. Premier Li Keqiang stressed in his speech at the just-closed National People’s Congress that corruption under the Xi-Li leadership will have “nowhere to hide” in China, and that seniority will be no protection: “No matter who or how senior an official is, if they violate Party discipline and the law, they …

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, …

In Macao, Money Can’t Buy Love

Written by Bill Chou. Macao used to be a better showcase than Hong Kong for demonstrating the success of the “One-Country Two-Systems” policy. In particular, Macao’s economy is robust after the liberalization of the casino industry in 2002. Political opposition is weak. Macao people identify strongly with Chinese culture and, more importantly, the political regime …

When will Xi Jinping bag a tiger?

Written by Yuwen Deng and Jonathan Sullivan. Whispers surrounding President Xi Jinping’s ‘tiger hunt’ (a metaphor for going after high level corrupt officials) have been circulating ever since he assumed the top positions in party and state in 2012. In recent days many Chinese language media outlets outside of China have reported that Xi’s tiger …

Xi Jinping’s Anti-corruption Campaign and the Third Plenum

Written by Andrew Hall Wedeman. A year ago, Xi Jinping assumed the office of General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CCP) in the wake of the most serious corruption scandal since 2006 when Shanghai Municipal Party Secretary Chen Liangyu was caught diverting upwards of Y40 billion (US$4.8 billion) from the municipal pension fund …

Corruption in the Chinese Media Industry: No Easy Solutions

Written by Maria Repnikova. The recent corruption confession by Chen Yinzhou, a Guangzhou-based journalist at New Express, has sparked a debate among China’s media professionals and scholars about the nature of corruption in the journalism industry and what can be done about it. Initially perceived as a victim of pressures from a powerful company, Zoomlion, …

You must remember this: Bo Xilai cared nothing for fair trials in China until he found himself in the dock

Written by Jackie Sheehan. Not since Casablanca’s Captain Renault pronounced himself shocked to discover gambling going on in Rick’s Café Americain has anyone been as unconvincing a voice of justice as Bo Xilai this week in Jinan, with his protests about coerced confessions, unreliable testimony and rigging of trials by those with power. Bo has …

On Recent Mass Protest in Taiwan

By Julie Yu-Wen Chen and Helen Russell. On Saturday 3rd August hundreds of thousands of Taiwanese, including many young people, took to the streets of Taipei to demand an explanation for the death of soldier Hung Chung-Chiu. The vague answers put forward by officials regarding his death have outraged the public. Hung died as a …

The Chen Shui-bian Drama Gets Weirder

Written by J Michael Cole. Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice confirmed on Monday that former president Chen Shui-bian, who is serving a 20-year jail sentence for corruption, attempted suicide by hanging on the evening of June 2, the latest in a long list of dramatic events involving the controversial former leader. According to reports, the 62-year-old, …