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The 10th National People's Congress and China's Leadership Transition

by Alice L. Millervia China Leadership Monitor
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

The 10th National People's Congress (NPC) completed the succession of China's top leaders that began with the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) 16th Party Congress in fall 2002 and has preoccupied China's politics for more than a year. The NPC's appointment of new leaders to most top state posts has ended the suspense regarding the leadership transition, but it has not done much to clarify ambiguities about their power relative to each other. Nevertheless, initiatives by the new leadership under party General Secretary and now People's Republic of China (PRC) President Hu Jintao have made it clear that China's leaders do not intend a conservative, status quo approach to the country's political issues and policy problems, but rather have already embarked on a clearly activist agenda.

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“America, Non!”

by Russell A. Bermanvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

The epicenter of anti-Americanism? Not the Islamic world, but Europe. By Russell A. Berman.

The Provinces

Analysis of Current Provincial Leaders

by Cheng Livia China Leadership Monitor
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Understanding the provincial leaders' biographical backgrounds, tenure in office, political socialization, career patterns, and rate of reshuffling is essential to the study of Chinese politics. This study focuses on the 412 current top provincial leaders, a cluster of elites that includes all current provincial party secretaries, governors (or mayors of provincial-level administrations in the cities), deputy provincial party secretaries, and vice governors or vice mayors. These people are the most important political leaders at the provincial level in present-day China. Data for this study are based principally on official Chinese information that has recently become available to the public on the Internet. I have constructed a database on the biographies of these 412 top provincial leaders. Each biography includes 76 entries, which are indexed into eight major categories for analytical purposes. These categories are: 1) basic biographical information, 2) status of membership and position, 3) promotion patterns, 4) regional background, 5) reshuffling experience, 6) work experience, 7) educational background, and 8) political association and networks. This report focuses on the first three categories.

Political Reform

China's Response to SARS

by Joseph Fewsmithvia China Leadership Monitor
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

A month after severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) moved from a medical crisis—albeit one unacknowledged as such by the Chinese authorities—to a political crisis, it has become apparent that the disease will have a significant impact on China's political system, though one that is likely to be long-term rather than immediate. Although some have argued that SARS will be "China's Chernobyl," leading to far-reaching political change and perhaps democratization, others have maintained that the political system will simply absorb the impact and not change. Both judgments appear wide of the mark. Much more likely is that SARS will set off a variety of forces which the government will try to control, but which are going to be increasingly difficult to contain. It is still too early to draw strong conclusions about the impact of the SARS crisis, but some tentative conjectures about both elite politics and the longer-range implications can be hazarded.

The Real New Europe

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Political tensions between Europe and the United States notwithstanding, the “New Europe” is more American than ever. By Timothy Garton Ash.

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Showdown

by Alice L. Millervia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

North Korea’s determination to develop nuclear weapons is the greatest threat the United States now faces. Hoover fellow Alice Lyman Miller explains how—and why—the Bush administration must respond.

What We Learned

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

A military historian discusses the lessons we learned—or need to learn—from the conflict in Iraq. By Victor Davis Hanson.

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Patching Things Up

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Anti-Americanism is surging around the world. Hoover fellow Larry Diamond explains how to win back hearts and minds.

Liberty First

by Michael McFaulvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Why the stakes for George Bush’s “liberty doctrine” couldn’t be higher. By Michael McFaul.

Time to Leave South Korea

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Why it makes sense for U.S. forces to leave Korea’s demilitarized zone. By Thomas Henriksen.

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