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Minxin Pei

Minxin Pei is the Tom and Margot Pritzker ’72 professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and a non-resident senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

His research has been published in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, Modern China, China Quarterly, Journal of Democracy and many edited books and his op-eds have appeared in the Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek International, and International Herald Tribune, and other major newspapers.

The Legacy of Bo Xilai
September 25, 2013
The Legacy of Bo Xilai
The former Chinese political star receives a surprisingly harsh sentence, even as some of his politics survive.
The Legacy of Bo Xilai
How Much Slowdown Can Beijing Tolerate?
July 22, 2013
How Much Slowdown Can Beijing Tolerate?
The notion of a bottom line for growth and stability is a myth. The truth is more complex.
How Much Slowdown Can Beijing Tolerate?
Asia's Real Challenge: China’s "Potemkin" Rise
May 07, 2013
Asia's Real Challenge: China’s "Potemkin" Rise
"China’s rise is more likely a statistical fiction, cooked up by the Chinese ruling elites to aggrandize their power and glory."
Asia's Real Challenge: China’s "Potemkin" Rise
One Soviet Leader China Could Emulate…and It’s Not Gorbachev
April 04, 2013
One Soviet Leader China Could Emulate…and It’s Not Gorbachev
The Andropov model seems to be an attractive option to China’s leaders. It won’t be long before they realize that it is a road to nowhere.
One Soviet Leader China Could Emulate…and It’s Not Gorbachev
5 Ways China Could Become a Democracy
February 13, 2013
5 Ways China Could Become a Democracy
Few have seriously thought about the probability and the various plausible scenarios of a regime transition in China -- until now.
5 Ways China Could Become a Democracy
Would China Block Korean Unification?
January 27, 2013
Would China Block Korean Unification?
With some arguing China is turning North Korea into a 21st-century tributary state, it can't stop its reunification with the South.
Would China Block Korean Unification?
The Bullies of Beijing: China's Image Problem
December 15, 2012
The Bullies of Beijing: China's Image Problem
Actions by the People's Republic -- intentional or not -- have created the worst regional environment for China since Tiananmen.
The Bullies of Beijing: China's Image Problem
Now The Hard Part Begins: The China Challenge
November 20, 2012
Now The Hard Part Begins: The China Challenge
Xi Jinping has taken the reins of the Communist Party. With multiple domestic and international challenges mounting, there is much to be done.
Now The Hard Part Begins: The China Challenge
Sorry World: What Happens in Beijing, WON'T Stay in Beijing
October 22, 2012
Sorry World: What Happens in Beijing, WON'T Stay in Beijing
While many have feared its rise, a weaker China struggling with economic and political challenges at home may present an even greater challenge.
Sorry World: What Happens in Beijing, WON'T Stay in Beijing
Is China's Communist Party Doomed?
October 01, 2012
Is China's Communist Party Doomed?
Could Beijing's ruling elite succumb to the same fate as those in the former Soviet Union? Perhaps.
Is China's Communist Party Doomed?
Are Chinese Banks Hiding "The Mother of All Debt Bombs"?
September 10, 2012
Are Chinese Banks Hiding "The Mother of All Debt Bombs"?
China's massive bank financed stimulus was intended to keep the economy moving. It may instead lead to economic disaster.
Are Chinese Banks Hiding "The Mother of All Debt Bombs"?
Superpower Denied? Why China's 'Rise' May Have Already Peaked
August 09, 2012
Superpower Denied? Why China's 'Rise' May Have Already Peaked
How a toxic mix of economic, demographic, environmental, political, and international challenges could end China's ascent.
Superpower Denied? Why China's 'Rise' May Have Already Peaked
What China’s Leaders Fear Most
July 30, 2012
What China’s Leaders Fear Most
By charging Bo Xilai’s wife with murder, China's political leaders have set a dangerous precedent.
What China’s Leaders Fear Most
Why Making China ‘The Boogeyman’ Won’t Work
July 17, 2012
Why Making China ‘The Boogeyman’ Won’t Work
U.S. lawmakers advocated burning the U.S. Olympic team's Chinese-made uniforms. Minxin Pei separates political grandstanding from hard reality.
Why Making China ‘The Boogeyman’ Won’t Work
Why China Can’t Pick Good Leaders
June 28, 2012
Why China Can’t Pick Good Leaders
China’s next generation of leaders are expected to be chosen later this year. But factional strength and patronage may well trump talent.
Why China Can’t Pick Good Leaders
China's Economy: Seizure or Cancer?
May 30, 2012
China's Economy: Seizure or Cancer?
The sharp slowdown in China’s economy has policy makers around the world watching carefully. Will the government have the courage to change course?
China's Economy: Seizure or Cancer?
Chen Exposes Communist Goliath
May 08, 2012
Chen Exposes Communist Goliath
The case of Chen Guangcheng has exposed how fragile the Chinese Communist Party’s control may be. The incompetence of its repressive apparatus has been exposed.
Chen Exposes Communist Goliath
Signs of a New Tiananmen in China
April 04, 2012
Signs of a New Tiananmen in China
Pervasive corruption, lawlessness among the ruling elites, and a sense of a loss of direction permeating all levels of Chinese society. The conditions for another Tiananmen may be there.
Signs of a New Tiananmen in China
Do China’s Communists Face a Yeltsin?
March 17, 2012
Do China’s Communists Face a Yeltsin?
The open ambitions of rising political star Bo Xilai were partly responsible for his fall. But the frustrations that fueled his popularity could come back to haunt the Party.
Do China’s Communists Face a Yeltsin?
Why U.S., China Destined to Clash
February 28, 2012
Why U.S., China Destined to Clash
Forty years after Nixon’s extraordinary visit to China, a clash of political systems exists that not even shared economic interests can mask.
Why U.S., China Destined to Clash
China’s Achilles’ Heel
February 08, 2012
China’s Achilles’ Heel
With little in the way of force projection, China’s dependence on natural resources in unstable parts of the world could undercut its economic ambitions. There are limits to freeriding.
China’s Achilles’ Heel
Beijing Foreign Policy Hurts China
January 21, 2012
Beijing Foreign Policy Hurts China
The Chinese Communist Party’s placement of regime security over national security interests is typical of autocracies. It’s also very dangerous.
Beijing Foreign Policy Hurts China
Occupy Beijing?
December 30, 2011
Occupy Beijing?
Rapid economic growth hasn’t been able to stem the rising tide of discontent in China. Even as the economy has soared, the number of protests has jumped. So what’s really wrong?
Occupy Beijing?
How Kim Death Risks China Crisis
December 21, 2011
How Kim Death Risks China Crisis
The death of Kim Jong-il has heightened the chances of the North Korean regime collapsing. The U.S. and China must be careful not to get sucked into the chaos.
How Kim Death Risks China Crisis
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