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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.

Posts by Minxin Pei
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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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