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Bo Zhiyue

Bo Zhiyue

Professor BO Zhiyue is Director of the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre (NZCCRC) and Professor of Political Science at Victoria University of Wellington.

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.

Posts by Bo Zhiyue
January 27, 2016

China's National Bureau of Statistics Chief Falls Under Corruption Probe

By Bo Zhiyue
Wang Bao'an, the man responsible for China's national GDP growth figures, is under investigation for corruption.

January 18, 2016

Beijing’s Advice for Tsai Ing-wen

By Bo Zhiyue
Looking to China's state media for clues about the future of cross-strait relations.
January 12, 2016

Is China's PLA Now Xi's Army?

By Bo Zhiyue
In China's most sweeping military reshuffle since the 1950s, Xi Jinping is creating an army that is loyal only to him.

January 05, 2016

China’s Looming Identity Crisis

By Bo Zhiyue
For some, China has gone from "our country" to the "State of Zhao."

December 28, 2015

Mao Zedong: Savior or Demon?

By Bo Zhiyue
Over 120 years after his birth, China still debates what Mao's true legacy is.

December 15, 2015

Why Did Kim Jong-un's Showcase Band Cancel Their China Show?

By Bo Zhiyue
Whatever the specifics, the cancellation is a case of two powerful leaders -- Xi and Kim -- clashing.
December 07, 2015

The Truth About China's 'Two-Child Policy'

By Bo Zhiyue
The loosening of the "one-child policy" isn't quite the landmark step observers had hoped for.

November 24, 2015

Who Are China's 'Princelings'?

By Bo Zhiyue
Princelings are often talked about as a bloc, but in truth there are several different kinds.

November 14, 2015

China's Anti-Corruption Campaign Marches On

By Bo Zhiyue
Even corrupt officials are loudly voicing support for anti-corruption efforts.

November 09, 2015

Who Is 'Mr.' Xi Jinping?

By Bo Zhiyue
If Xi had used an official title in his meeting with Taiwan's leader, what title would he have chosen?

October 30, 2015

A New Taboo in Chinese Politics

By Bo Zhiyue
CCP members are now officially forbidden from making "negative remarks" about the leadership's policies.
October 23, 2015

Will China Repeat Japan's Economic Fate?

By Bo Zhiyue
The most worrying sign from China's new economic figures are indications of a deflation spiral.

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