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Q. and A.: Larry Diamond on Political Change in Hong Kong

interview with Larry Diamondvia New York Times
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Street protests for free elections in Hong Kong have now stretched into a second month, and there is no sign of resolution. The movement, known as Occupy Central With Love and Peace, is demanding changes to the restrictive framework Beijing has imposed for the election of Hong Kong’s next leader, the chief executive, in 2017.


North Korean Ambassador to the UN Talks at CFR

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In case you need a macabre laugh. Transcript is available here if you can’t stand watching Jang Il Hun compare human rights in his country favorably to those in South Korea.

The Provinces

Xi Jinping’s Inner Circle—Part 3: Political Protégés from the Provinces

by Cheng Livia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Throughout the reform area, top Chinese leaders have usually risen to their positions after gaining substantial experience as provincial-level leaders. 

Great Wall of China
Party Affairs

What They Did on Their Summer Vacation

by Alice L. Millervia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

As some members of the Xi Jinping leadership retreated to the seaside summer resort at Beidaihe, several events and trends converged in anticipation of a Central Committee plenum later this fall.  

One Summit, Different Dreams

by Hsiao-ting Linvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Cairo Summit offered China a chance to present itself as an equal on the world stage. For Chiang Kai-shek it would lead to bitter disappointment.

Who Will Speak?

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Today, Salman Rushdie lives in freedom. But the spirit of the fatwa—and the censor—has only grown stronger.

A Modern Mandarin

by Jonathan Schleferinterview with Michael Spencevia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Opening itself to free markets, China has lifted several hundred million people out of poverty. That was the easy part. An interview with Hoover fellow Michael Spence.

Economic PolicyOther Media

It’s All in the Execution: Struggling with the Reform Agenda

by Barry Naughtonvia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

China’s authoritative leadership small groups have met and struggled to define priorities within China’s broad reform agenda.  

Beijing, China
Military Affairs

Lawyers, Guns and Money: The Coming Show Trial of General Xu Caihou

by James Mulvenonvia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

On 30 June 2014, the Chinese Communist Party expelled former Politburo member and Central Military Commission vice-chair Xu Caihou for corruption following a three-month investigation. 

China-Taiwan-United States

Cross-Strait Relations: Portrayals of Consistency: Calm on the Surface, Paddling Like Hell Underneath

by Alan D. Rombergvia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

While in reality adjusting to an evolving situation both on Taiwan and in cross-Strait relations over the past few months, all parties have sought to portray their approaches as consistent and undisturbed by “some situations” that could have thrown things off course.