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The Provinces

China's Northeast: From Largest Rust Belt to Fourth Economic Engine?

by Cheng Livia China Leadership Monitor
Friday, January 30, 2004

China is arguably undergoing the most challenging phase of its economic reform: revitalizing the old and stagnant industrial bases in its northeastern region. Once the "cradle of industrialization" of the People's Republic of China (PRC), the northeastern region, with a population of over 100 million, is today often called the nation's "last fortress of a planned economy." The ultimate goal of the so-called northeastern rejuvenation scheme is to transform the country's "largest rust belt" to its "fourth economic engine," after the Pearl River delta, the Yangtze River delta, and the Beijing-Tianjin corridor. This new phase of China's economic development not only will be crucial for the credibility and legitimacy of the Hu-Wen administration, but will also shape China's future. This article explores the broad political environment in which this strategic scheme has been formulated, outlines the main components of the northeastern rejuvenation, and analyzes the characteristics of top provincial leaders in the northeastern region.

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No Es Fácil

via Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 2004

Life is hard in Castro’s Cuba. By Mike Walker.

How’s Hu Doing?

by Alice L. Millervia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 2004

President Hu Jintao continues China’s long march toward political reform. By Hoover fellow H. Lyman Miller.

Economic Policy

An Economic Bubble? Chinese Policy Adapts to Rapidly Changing Conditions

by Barry Naughtonvia China Leadership Monitor
Friday, January 30, 2004

During the first half of 2003, rapid growth in China led many to proclaim the emergence of an economic "bubble." Extremely rapid growth of money and credit was accompanied by rapid growth in investment, especially in the housing market. Chinese policymakers have taken steps to restrain the bubble, and these measures are now having an impact. During this first phase, the emergence of the bubble and the way that it was handled seem to have strengthened the positions of both Premier Wen Jiabao and Central Bank Governor Zhou Xiaochuan. However, the rapid emergence of the bubble economy reveals some unsettling realities about the Chinese economy. Moreover, the bubble portends important shifts in the economic payoffs and challenges that lie ahead for the political leadership.

Party Affairs

Hu Jintao and the Party Politburo

by Alice L. Millervia China Leadership Monitor
Friday, January 30, 2004

Publicity attending the recent party Central Committee plenum and other media attention over the past year have shed light on the operations of the party's top decision-making body, the Politburo, under party General Secretary Hu Jintao's leadership. Much of the picture of Chinese leadership decision making remains dim, but the recent publicity has illuminated the formal aspects of Politburo routines and procedures in small but still significant ways. This publicity also permits tentative inferences about the dynamic of power in the Politburo and its Standing Committee and perhaps about Hu Jintao's personal aims in pressing institutional reform in the Politburo and beyond.

Edward Teller

Tribute to a Patriot

by Arnold Beichmanvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 2004

How fortunate for the free world that America has served as a haven for immigrants such as Edward Teller. By Hoover fellow Arnold Beichman.

Neither Left nor Right: Selected Columns
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Neither Left nor Right: Selected Columns

by Tibor R. Machanvia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, January 6, 2004

In Neither Left nor Right, a collection of his columns, Machan, a relentless advocate of the political philosophy of libertarianism, offers his always well-reasoned, often controversial opinions on the variety of threats to individual liberty in the United States and around the world.

Evil and the Postmodernist

by Peter Savodnikvia Policy Review
Monday, December 1, 2003

Peter Savodnik on Terror in My Soul: Communist Autobiographies on Trial by Igal Halfin

Representation Without Representation

by Alvin Rabushkavia Policy Review
Monday, December 1, 2003

The colonial roots of American taxation, 1700–1754

Finding a Founder

by Steven C. Munsonvia Policy Review
Monday, December 1, 2003

Sam Munson on Gouverneur Morris: An Independent Life by William Howard Adams

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The Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict examines how knowledge of past military operations can influence contemporary public policy decisions concerning current conflicts.