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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
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July 06, 2015

Is Beijing In Danger of Losing 'Hong Kong'?

By Bo Zhiyue
It may be the case that Hong Kong will end up more like Taiwan than Taiwan like Hong Kong.
June 17, 2015

In China, an Ode to 'Grandpa Xi'

By Bo Zhiyue
A children's song about Xi Jinping is the latest sign of a growing personality cult in China.

June 16, 2015

In China, Today's Heroes Are Tomorrow's Villains

By Bo Zhiyue
In Chongqing, a strange cycle of police heroes turned captured criminals has been playing out.

June 15, 2015

The Trial of Zhou Yongkang and China's Rule of Law

By Bo Zhiyue
The closed-door trial is a missed opportunity for judicial transparency and the rule of law in China.

June 01, 2015

Will China's Top Shangri-La Delegate Be the Next PLA Navy Chief?

By Bo Zhiyue
Admiral Sun Jianguo, China's representative at the annual security forum, may well become PLA Navy commander in 2017.
May 29, 2015

Who Will Be Xi’s Number 2 on China’s Central Military Commission?

By Bo Zhiyue
Gen. Fan Changlong is due to retire at the 19th Party Congress. Who will replace him as China's top military official?

May 27, 2015

Could the South China Sea Cause a China-US Military Conflict?

By Bo Zhiyue
It's in neither country's interests to have a conflict -- but they're headed in that direction all the same.
May 26, 2015

A Dilemma for China's Corruption Fighters

By Bo Zhiyue
The thorny question facing China's anti-corruption campaign: how far up the chain of command to go.

May 08, 2015

In China, Xi Jinping's Shaanxi Clique on the Rise

By Bo Zhiyue
Politicians with ties to Shaanxi, Xi's home province, have fared well since Xi came to power.

April 27, 2015

The Rise of a New Tsinghua Clique in Chinese Politics

By Bo Zhiyue
Three Tsinghua alums with strong ties to each other -- and to Xi Jinping -- are climbing the ranks in Chinese politics.

April 20, 2015

What One New CCP Appointment Tells Us About Chinese Politics

By Bo Zhiyue
Wang Zhengwei's appointment as deputy head of the Central United Front Department is a sign of three ongoing trends.
April 13, 2015

Were China's Corrupt Officials Plotting a Coup?

By Bo Zhiyue
Rumors of a new "Gang of Four" in China are not based on solid evidence.

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