China Policy Institute Blog

Taiwan: A Great Choosing Day is Coming (pt II)

Written by John Keane. As recently as two decades ago, free and fair elections were unimaginable for most citizens of Taiwan. Ground down by martial law, public conformity ran deep. Those who refused the ruling power were punished, often harshly. Heads-down cynicism flourished. The regime had mastered the dark arts of rigging elections. State-sanctioned factions, …

How Strong is the Public Demand for Political Reform: data from where Xi Jiping used to work

By Dragan Pavlicevic. “While Xi Jinping’s earlier tenure in Zhejiang Province may lead people to see him as a liberal, whether he is ready to introduce political reform once in the country’s top office is far from clear. In fact, in Zhejiang, where many local government innovations are taking place to allow more citizen participation …

The capacity of the incoming leadership to advance political reform

By Anastas Vangeli. Concerning China’s new leaders, one particularly intriguing question is how they will continue to sustain the Party’s legitimacy through political reform. Political reform is something that has been discussed a lot, but acted little upon. In order to discuss the prospects of political reform, one has to look at the generational features …