Category: Joseph Fewsmith

Xi, in ‘Godfather’ Mold, Looks Assertive and Even Imperial

November 15th, 2013 in 2013, Blogs, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, New York Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

The president of China, Xi Jinping, has admitted to watching “The Godfather,” and this week he proved he could be a shrewd student of one of that film’s themes: the art of amassing and applying power in a small, secretive circle of men…

Expert quote:

“Xi sees power in very personal terms and seems ready to act on that understanding. Whether that is good for China is another question.”

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Norway snub shows sharp edge of Chinese diplomacy

October 28th, 2013 in 2013, Associated Press, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

Mainly associated with conflict resolution, foreign assistance and cozy Scandinavian prosperity, Norway makes an odd target for China’s ire..

Expert quote:

“I think China hurts its reputation. China needs to think more about providing the public goods that maintain the international system.”

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China needs to export ‘public goods’: expert

October 7th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

Fundamental conflicts in the way China perceives the function of leadership and its own readiness for the international stage pose potential problems in the country’s “peaceful rise”, experts said at a panel discussion on international relations at Columbia University Sunday…

Expert quote:

“Netizens do not necessarily drive the government, but is more and more difficult for the government to make compromises because any perceived weakness will be magnified by social media. It’s difficult to shelve issues without facing a backlash from the public, particularly in an atmosphere in which populist nationalism has grown.”

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Stanford sues Chiang Kai-Shek’s feuding family

September 25th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers, San Jose Mercury News 0 comments

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

Caught in a family feud, Stanford University is asking a court to identify who is the true owner of valuable diaries of the former Chinese Nationalist Party leader Chiang Kai-shek, on loan to the university…

Expert quote:

“And to date that has not happened because of a dispute within the Chiang family.”

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China court hands down guilty verdict in Bo Xilai case

September 22nd, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers, USA Today 0 comments

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

Popular but controversial Chinese politician Bo Xilai was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Chinese court Sunday…

Expert quote:

“The idea that he’d go out and really campaign for a spot at the top just defies everything we know about how Chinese politics is conducted. Xi wanted to stop Bo and anybody else from having similar thoughts.”

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China’s Leader Embraces Mao as He Tightens Grip on Country

August 17th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

On a visit here in July, Chinese President Xi Jinping went to a lakeside villa where Mao Zedong spent summers in the 1950s enjoying such luxuries as a swimming pool and air conditioning…

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“Just as liberals pinned their hopes on Xi supporting their agenda, the New Left saw an opportunity when Xi’s rhetoric veered to the left and adopted Maoist overtones.”

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Snowden’s departure from Hong Kong spares China a headache

June 24th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

By allowing, or perhaps pushing, Edward Snowden to leave Hong Kong, Chinese officials managed to show they would not kowtow to U.S. demands while still bringing a hasty end to an incident that threatened to strain ties with Washington for months or even years…

Expert quote:

“I’m afraid that the Snowden affair will have a significant effect on Sino-U.S. relations. We have just had a summit meeting intended to air issues and build trust; this affair is likely to destroy whatever trust was built up. People talk a lot about ‘strategic mistrust’ these days; I think it has just been increased.”

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Chen Xitong, Beijing Mayor During Tiananmen Protests, Dies at 82

June 5th, 2013 in 2013, Bloomberg, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

Chen Xitong, the mayor of Beijing during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests who served jail time for corruption and later condemned the student crackdown he was portrayed as engineering, has died…

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“If Zhao’s account is correct, and most accounts that I know of concur, then Chen Xitong played a critical role in depicting the situation in ways that made it seem more out of control than it was — prompting Deng’s harsh response.”

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Here’s What BMW Has Learned About Chinese Consumer Habits And Preferences

May 3rd, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, International Business Times, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

Like all other major car companies, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (FRA:BMW) is looking to China not just to offset the downturn in Europe but also because China is where the most lucrative growth in the global auto market will take place in the foreseeable future…

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Ex-China Leader Steps Back, Fueling Speculation

January 23rd, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, New York Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

A decade after he stepped down as China’s top leader, the powerful Communist Party elder Jiang Zemin has used the death of a former rival to signal that he may allow his political shadow to recede and give the nation’s newest leader more room to consolidate his authority…

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