Category: Joseph Fewsmith

China Sees Backlash To Graft-Busting ‘Tiger’ Hunt: Analysts

June 12th, 2015 in 2015, AFP, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies 0 comments

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The jailing of China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang marks the highest point of a corruption crackdown pushed by President Xi Jinping, but efforts appear to be slowing with analysts citing opposition from officials…

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“(party) elders would have had to agree with the verdict”.

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China ensures Zhou Yongkang trial sticks to the script

June 12th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Financial Times, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies 0 comments

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It was supposed to be China’s second “trial of the century” in as many years. However, on Thursday night a Chinese court announced that Zhou Yongkang, the highest profile victim of President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign, had been sentenced to life imprisonment after being tried in secret on May 22…

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“The Bo Xilai trial ended up being very messy from the party’s point of view. It had no desire to repeat that exercise, as good as it would have been for advertising the ‘rule of law’.”

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China’s Xi seen at center of emerging culture of praise

March 8th, 2015 in 2015, Associated Press, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies 0 comments

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His smiling visage beams from decorative plates and plastic trinkets sold in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square…

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“Xi is actively trying to rein in precisely those elements of Chinese socio-political life – intellectual pluralism, popular participation, institutional checks and balances – that most of us would see as necessary for generating a more open, participatory political system.”

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Xi Dismantles the ‘New Gang of Four’ With Probe of Hu’s Aide

December 24th, 2014 in 2014, Bloomberg, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies 0 comments

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Chinese President Xi Jinping’s decision to investigate his predecessor’s top aide for corruption marks the downfall of the remaining “tiger” in a group that Communist Party cadres termed the “New Gang of Four.”…

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“Ling Jihua’s investigation suggests that it is likely we will see changes in the anticipated leadership lineup at the next party congress in 2017. Xi is indeed emerging as the strongest leader in China since at least Deng Xiaoping.”

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China’s Investigation of Ex-President’s Aide Marks New Phase in War on Corruption

December 23rd, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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The Chinese Communist Party’s decision to investigate a onetime top aide to former President Hu Jintao has resurfaced old scandals and lifted a cloak of invisibility that previously shielded from scrutiny many of the former leader’s closest allies…

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China Probe of Former Security Chief May Mean Closed-Door Trial

December 7th, 2014 in 2014, Bloomberg, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies 0 comments

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With former China security chief Zhou Yongkang under investigation for leaking state secrets, formal charges would allow for a closed-door trial that would test the Communist Party’s resolve to make its legal machinery more transparent…

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China’s Communist Party Ejects Former Security Chief Zhou

December 5th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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China formally arrested former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, the highest-ranking leader yet to be ensnared by a sweeping anticorruption campaign that has upended elite politics in Beijing…

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“He’s the negative model.”

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Xi Outlines ‘Big Country Diplomacy’ Chinese Foreign Policy

December 1st, 2014 in 2014, Bloomberg, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies 0 comments

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China must establish “big country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics,” President Xi Jinping said in a speech that laid out his goals for making the nation a major strategic power, a further sign he’s jettisoned a long-standing policy to limit involvement in foreign affairs

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“Although the speech certainly suggests a self-confident China that will be active in its diplomacy, it also suggests that Xi might want to smooth some of the rough edges off China’s recent diplomacy. He talks about creating a periphery that shares a common fate.”

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Xi Shows Obama His No-Nonsense Approach to U.S. Relations

November 12th, 2014 in 2014, Bloomberg, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies 0 comments

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President Xi Jinping showed the world a newly assertive China that’s less worried about impressing others than in pursuing its own goals as he approved agreements with the U.S. on climate change and trade tariffs…

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“In the past, we always said China wanted good relations with the outside world to support its economic agenda. That logic has changed.”

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Ex-Security Chief Zhou Yongkang Faces Likely Expulsion From Communist Party

October 22nd, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has forcefully delivered his anticorruption commands for almost two years, and is expected to outline on Thursday how he plans to drive home the message…

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“This stuff is all unprecedented. He has really broken the mold.”

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