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October 18, 2017

China
China’s Leaky Political Pipeline

Maylin Meisenheimer is a research associate in the Asia studies program at the Council on Foreign Relations This blog is cross-posted with CFR's Asia Unbound.  The 19th Party Congress is almost…

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October 10, 2017

China
China’s Leaky Political Pipeline

Maylin Meisenheimer is a research associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. The 19th Party Congress is almost here, bringing with it a slew of questions about China’s future,…

A general view shows delegates raising their hands as they take a vote at the closing session of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing November 14, 2012.

July 25, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Question of the Week: China in Africa Part III

This is the third Question of the Week post about Chinese involvement in Africa. Last week, we focused on the debate of whether Africa or China itself benefits more from Chinese aid. The week before …

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January 25, 2016

Cybersecurity
An Expansive, and Dangerous, Chinese View on Cyber Deterrence

In most open source writings, Chinese analysts tend to discount the possibility of deterrence in cyberspace. Attribution, detection, and monitoring are hard. Attacks can come from state and non-state…

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November 7, 2007

China
The strains of monetary policy

michael pettisWednesday’s South China Morning Post reports that Cheng Siwei, vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, parliament’s top advisory body, said that Beijing…

March 15, 2013

Politics and Government
Hello, Xi Jinping: President of China

Good news comes in threes. Just ask Xi Jinping. Back in November he was named Secretary General of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission. Yesterday he picke…

Xi Jinping at a meeting in Beijing on December 27, 2012 (Wang Zhao/Courtesy Reuters).

October 31, 2012

China
Why Haven’t Chinese Leaders Acted Decisively to Reduce Tobacco Use?

In mid-October, Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev voiced support for a proposed ban on smoking in public places by 2015. “The government is not at war with smokers,” he said, “but we are making …

A visitor dressed as a Red Army soldier smokes as he poses for a picture in Jinggangshan, Jiangxi province on September 20, 2012. (Carlos Barria / Courtesy Reuters)

November 12, 2007

Financial Markets
What a week: a Brazilian supermodel, the Vice-Chairman of the People’s Congress and the French President all commented on the dollar

Note: This is Brad Setser, not Michael Pettis.  Mr. Pettis will be doing most of the heavy lifting for the remainder of this week as well.  Last week was rather interesting.  Gisele Bundchen was all…

June 7, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt’s Historic Verdict and Further Syrian Massacres

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. The trial of Hosni Mubarak concluded on Saturday with the three-judge panel sentencing the former Egyptian president and his former interior minister, Hab…

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is wheeled out of the courtroom in Cairo

June 15, 2008

China
Maybe the CIC isn’t motivated entirely by commercial gain …

The CIC claims it wants to be a commercial investor. Gao Xiqing is often quoted to the effect that the CIC "operates on commercial principles" and intends to only take passive stakes. I have always…