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Bo Zhiyue

Bo Zhiyue

Professor BO Zhiyue, a leading authority on Chinese elite politics, is Director of the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre (NZCCRC) and Professor of Political Science at Victoria University of Wellington.

Professor BO obtained his Bachelor of Law and Master of Law in International Politics from Peking University and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He has taught at Peking University, Roosevelt University, the University of Chicago, American University, St. John Fisher College, Tarleton State University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has also been Visiting Distinguished Professor at Shanghai Jiaotong University in China and Chair Professor at National Chengchi University in Taiwan.

He has published more than 120 book chapters and articles and is the author of a trilogy on China’s elite politics, including Chinese Provincial Leaders: Economic Performance and Political Mobility since 1949 (2002), China’s Elite Politics: Political Transition and Power Balancing (2007), and China’s Elite Politics: Governance and Democratization (2010).

Professor BO has been frequently interviewed by international media such as BBC, ABC, CNBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Reuters, the Guardian, the Times, and Bloomberg. He is the winner of the “most quoted by Western media prize” on China’s leadership transition.

China's National Bureau of Statistics Chief Falls Under Corruption Probe
January 27, 2016
China's National Bureau of Statistics Chief Falls Under Corruption Probe
Wang Bao'an, the man responsible for China's national GDP growth figures, is under investigation for corruption.
China's National Bureau of Statistics Chief Falls Under Corruption Probe
Beijing’s Advice for Tsai Ing-wen
January 18, 2016
Beijing’s Advice for Tsai Ing-wen
Looking to China's state media for clues about the future of cross-strait relations.
Beijing’s Advice for Tsai Ing-wen
Is China's PLA Now Xi's Army?
January 12, 2016
Is China's PLA Now Xi's Army?
In China's most sweeping military reshuffle since the 1950s, Xi Jinping is creating an army that is loyal only to him.
Is China's PLA Now Xi's Army?
China’s Looming Identity Crisis
January 05, 2016
China’s Looming Identity Crisis
For some, China has gone from "our country" to the "State of Zhao."
China’s Looming Identity Crisis
Mao Zedong: Savior or Demon?
December 28, 2015
Mao Zedong: Savior or Demon?
Over 120 years after his birth, China still debates what Mao's true legacy is.
Mao Zedong: Savior or Demon?
Why Did Kim Jong-un's Showcase Band Cancel Their China Show?
December 15, 2015
Why Did Kim Jong-un's Showcase Band Cancel Their China Show?
Whatever the specifics, the cancellation is a case of two powerful leaders -- Xi and Kim -- clashing.
Why Did Kim Jong-un's Showcase Band Cancel Their China Show?
The Truth About China's 'Two-Child Policy'
December 07, 2015
The Truth About China's 'Two-Child Policy'
The loosening of the "one-child policy" isn't quite the landmark step observers had hoped for.
The Truth About China's 'Two-Child Policy'
Who Are China's 'Princelings'?
November 24, 2015
Who Are China's 'Princelings'?
Princelings are often talked about as a bloc, but in truth there are several different kinds.
Who Are China's 'Princelings'?
China's Anti-Corruption Campaign Marches On
November 14, 2015
China's Anti-Corruption Campaign Marches On
Even corrupt officials are loudly voicing support for anti-corruption efforts.
China's Anti-Corruption Campaign Marches On
Who Is 'Mr.' Xi Jinping?
November 09, 2015
Who Is 'Mr.' Xi Jinping?
If Xi had used an official title in his meeting with Taiwan's leader, what title would he have chosen?
Who Is 'Mr.' Xi Jinping?
A New Taboo in Chinese Politics
October 30, 2015
A New Taboo in Chinese Politics
CCP members are now officially forbidden from making "negative remarks" about the leadership's policies.
A New Taboo in Chinese Politics
Will China Repeat Japan's Economic Fate?
October 23, 2015
Will China Repeat Japan's Economic Fate?
The most worrying sign from China's new economic figures are indications of a deflation spiral.
Will China Repeat Japan's Economic Fate?
The Downfall of Su Shulin and Its Implications for Chinese Politics
October 13, 2015
The Downfall of Su Shulin and Its Implications for Chinese Politics
The downfall of a rising political star sends a strong message to other provincial governors in China.
The Downfall of Su Shulin and Its Implications for Chinese Politics
China's Xi Jinping Era Has Begun
October 06, 2015
China's Xi Jinping Era Has Begun
Xi's control over China's former leaders suggests his is China's most powerful leader since Mao.
China's Xi Jinping Era Has Begun
Meet the Architect of China's Economic Policies
September 14, 2015
Meet the Architect of China's Economic Policies
What you need to know about Liu He, Xi Jinping's top economic advisor.
Meet the Architect of China's Economic Policies
Should the World Be Worried About China’s Economy?
September 07, 2015
Should the World Be Worried About China’s Economy?
Recently, influential voices have been countering pessimistic views on China's economy. Who's right?
Should the World Be Worried About China’s Economy?
3 Takeaways From China's Military Parade
September 03, 2015
3 Takeaways From China's Military Parade
The military parade on September 3 was President Xi Jinping's coming-out party. What messages did he send?
3 Takeaways From China's Military Parade
Is Xi Sending an Ultimatum to Former President Jiang Zemin?
August 17, 2015
Is Xi Sending an Ultimatum to Former President Jiang Zemin?
What to make of an unusual article in the People's Daily.
Is Xi Sending an Ultimatum to Former President Jiang Zemin?
Xi Jinping’s New Generals
August 11, 2015
Xi Jinping’s New Generals
There are some oddities in the most recent round of PLA promotions.
Xi Jinping’s New Generals
Is This Man China's Next Leader?
August 03, 2015
Is This Man China's Next Leader?
The rise of a Zhejiang clique is good news for Chen Min'er, the new party secretary of Guizhou Province.
Is This Man China's Next Leader?
Guo Boxiong, Jiang Zemin, and the Corruption of the Chinese Military
July 31, 2015
Guo Boxiong, Jiang Zemin, and the Corruption of the Chinese Military
If two of the most powerful military leaders in the past 16 years are corrupt, who in the Chinese military is not?
Guo Boxiong, Jiang Zemin, and the Corruption of the Chinese Military
The Rise of China's Nanjing Military Region
July 15, 2015
The Rise of China's Nanjing Military Region
The Nanjing Military Region has become a major source of PLA Air Force leaders.
The Rise of China's Nanjing Military Region
The Legacy of a Fallen Chinese Politician
July 13, 2015
The Legacy of a Fallen Chinese Politician
What lesson did China's politicians learn from the downfall of Bo Xilai?
The Legacy of a Fallen Chinese Politician
Why Is China's Stock Market Crashing?
July 08, 2015
Why Is China's Stock Market Crashing?
Bad names, bad math or bad luck.
Why Is China's Stock Market Crashing?
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