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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
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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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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