Category: Joseph Fewsmith

Chinese Communist Party Ousts a Former Top General

June 30th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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President Xi Jinping‘s anticorruption drive claimed its biggest scalp yet on Monday, as the Communist Party accused one of China’s most senior retired generals of bribe-taking and other crimes and expelled him from its ranks…

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“Nature was going to remove Xu Caihou so there wasn’t a need to do anything. And yet Xi seems to have wanted to make a point. He wanted to show he’s in charge of the military.”

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Wealth and power: Communist Party pushes the ‘China Dream’

June 28th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers, USA Today 0 comments

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In schools, factories and opera theaters nationwide, Chinese residents are being pushed to pursue the “China Dream” as the Communist Party steps up its propaganda efforts ahead of its July 1 birthday…

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“Can you relax now? You’ve succeeded! Calm down, you’re not at war with England over opium. They need to get over that, but they seem to be building on that.”

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Chen Yizi, a Top Adviser Forced to Flee China, Dies at 73

April 25th, 2014 in 2014, 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

Chen Yizi, who helped reshape China’s economy in the 1980s but who was deemed a counterrevolutionary after defending the student-led protests that filled Tiananmen Square in 1989, died in exile on April 14 in Los Angeles. He was 73…

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“Mr. Chen infused the early reforms with energy.”

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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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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..

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“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…

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“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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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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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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