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Preserving the Reagan Legacy

by James C. Miller IIIvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

In an era of cynicism, Ronald Reagan can still teach us much. By Hoover fellow James C. Miller III.

Economic Policy

Financial Reconstruction: Methodical Policymaking Moves into the Spotlight

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

The Wen Jiabao administration has found its feet and instituted ambitious initiatives in the financial arena. Since December 2003, major new policies toward the financial sector have been rolled out. Recapitalization, reorganization, and stock market listing of two of the main state-owned banks have begun. A program for new policies toward the stock market has been released. The launching of major programs follows the reorganization of the administrative apparatus and the promulgation of a series of laws and programmatic documents. Thus, the resumption of activist policymaking represents the culmination of a steady and methodical process of preparation. The degree of preparation is impressive, but it also reflects the magnitude of the challenges currently being faced and the difficulty of shepherding new policies through the Chinese political system.

When Words Go Bad

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

The empty vocabulary of anti-Americanism. By Hoover fellow Victor Davis Hanson.

The Provinces

Hu's New Deal and the New Provincial Chiefs

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

Any major shift in the strategic development of a country cannot be achieved without the presence of a large, unified group of governing elites who support the plan. Hu Jintao's New Deal is no exception. An analysis of the 29 top provincial leaders appointed since Hu became president of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in March 2003 shows that he has selected many like-minded provincial leaders to carry out his New Deal policies. Most of these new provincial leaders are relatively young; they typically advanced their careers from the grass roots and local administration; most have postgraduate degrees (mainly in economics, the social sciences, and the humanities); and many worked in rural areas early in their careers and later gained experience by managing large cities. Many had close ties with Hu during the early years of their careers as Chinese Communist Youth League (CCYL) officials. Equally significantly, the experience and outlook of many of these provincial chiefs mirror those of their role models Hu and Wen, in terms of their substantial work experience in China's inland region as well as the image of themselves they choose to present to the general public.

Books

Unconditional Democracy: Education and Politics in Occupied Japan, 1945–1952

by Toshio Nishivia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, April 27, 2004

On December 8 (Japan time), 1941, Imperial Japan launched a massive attack on beautiful Pearl Harbor, calling it "the preemptive first strike." The island empire, seduced by a mirage of eternal glory, had lunged forward without knowing its destination.

Shevardnadze's Journey

by Ariel Cohenvia Policy Review
Thursday, April 1, 2004

The Silver Fox bows out gracefully

Unipolar versus Unilateral

by John Van Oudenarenvia Policy Review
Thursday, April 1, 2004

Confusing power with purpose

Neoconservatives and the American Mainstream

by Zachary Seldenvia Policy Review
Thursday, April 1, 2004

Current U.S. foreign policy has deep historical roots

The Absolute Intellectual

by Brian C. Andersonvia Policy Review
Sunday, February 1, 2004

Brian C. Anderson on Sartre: The Philosopher of the Twentieth Century by Bernard-Henry Lévy

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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