Category: Joseph Fewsmith

China Communist Party Expels Former Hu Jintao Aide on Bribes

Bloomberg Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies The Chinese Communist Party expelled a former top aide to retired President Hu Jintao and set in motion a criminal case against the last of a faction dubbed the “New Gang of Four.”… Expert quote: “Ling of course handled secret information every […]

Top Chinese Official Is Ousted From Communist Party

New York Times (subscription required) Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School A top aide to China’s former president Hu Jintao who will face prosecution on corruption charges has been expelled from the Communist Party and removed from public office, Chinese state news media reported on Monday… Expert quote: “This is absolutely about […]

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

AFP Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies 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… Expert quote: “(party) elders would have had to […]

China ensures Zhou Yongkang trial sticks to the script

Financial Times (subscription required) Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies 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 […]

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

Associated Press Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences His smiling visage beams from decorative plates and plastic trinkets sold in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square… Expert quote: “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 […]

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

Bloomberg Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences 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.”… Expert quote: “Ling Jihua’s investigation suggests that it is likely we will see changes […]

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

Wall Street Journal (subscription required) Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences 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… View full article quoting expert Joseph Fewsmith

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

Bloomberg Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences 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… View full article quoting expert Joseph Fewsmith

China’s Communist Party Ejects Former Security Chief Zhou

Wall Street Journal (subscription required) Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences 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… Expert quote: “He’s the negative model.” View full article

Xi Outlines ‘Big Country Diplomacy’ Chinese Foreign Policy

Bloomberg Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences 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… Expert quote: “Although the speech certainly suggests a […]