China Policy Institute Blog

Zhou goes down – but China’s corruption purge is on thin ice

Written by Jackie Sheehan. The credibility of Xi Jinping’s “tigers and flies” anti-corruption campaign has required the destruction of a bigger player than any previous targets. Zhou Yongkang, who’s now beginning a life sentence for bribery and abuse of power, certainly fits the bill. Zhou’s life sentence is for bribery, with lesser terms of seven years …

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 …

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 …

Is the ‘China Model’ Challenge to Liberal Democracy Historically-Grounded?

Written by Niv Horesh. “…democracy existed for about 200 years in the ancient world and has existed for about 200 years in the modern world, and other than that there has been no democracy in the whole of human history. Oligarchies have always existed.” Professor Irad Malkin, 2014. Following the fall of the Berlin war, Francis …

Chinese Propaganda in Historical Perspective: Five terms to consider

Written by Timothy Cheek. In August 2013 Xi Jinping declared a propaganda war on independent political criticism on China’s internet, especially the popular domestic weibo microblogging platforms. He urged his colleagues in the Chinese Communist Party to “seize the ground of new media.” The Party has waged this war with a crackdown on influential weibo commentators …

The Future of Civil Society under Xi Jinping

Written by Jessica C. Teets. When the film Under the Dome (穹顶之下), a documentary concerning air pollution, was released online on 28 February 2015, it was viewed 150 million times over a few days.  Although it illustrated the Chinese government&#

New normality and the National People’s Congresses

Written by Kerry Brown. National People’s Congresses in China tend to overwhelm participants with policy detail. Li Keqiang’s government report came to forty densely printed pages, and took him more than two hours to read out. There were plenty of other documents issued over the period from March 5, from entities like the Ministry of Finance …