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The Power – and Limits – of Xi Jinping

The Power – and Limits – of Xi Jinping

By Zhuoran Li
Xi may have more power than any Chinese leader since Mao Zedong, but even he can’t fully implement his policy preferences.

China’s Lackluster Vaccination Drive: A Tale of Local Cadre Incentives

China’s Lackluster Vaccination Drive: A Tale of Local Cadre Incentives

By Zhuoran Li
Why was China’s vaccination campaign so little, so late? The key lies in understanding cadres’ daily working routine under Xi Jinping.
China Suddenly Abandoned Its Zero COVID Policy. How Did It Start In The First Place?

China Suddenly Abandoned Its Zero COVID Policy. How Did It Start In The First Place?

By Ceren Ergenc
We tend to think China has a strict, top-down COVID-19 policy, but local variation is what really shaped the outcome, from beginning to end. 

Why Xi Jinping’s China Will Clamp Down Harder on Domestic Criticism

Why Xi Jinping’s China Will Clamp Down Harder on Domestic Criticism

By Corey Lee Bell
The COVID-19 protests took aim at Xi personally – arguably a result of his high-profile moves to exert firm control over all levels of government.

How Beijing Accidentally Ended the Zero COVID Policy

How Beijing Accidentally Ended the Zero COVID Policy

By Zhuoran Li
China’s central government aimed to modify the zero COVID policy incrementally following the 20th Party Congress. What went wrong?

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?
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What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?

China’s Performative Zero-COVID Policy

China’s Performative Zero-COVID Policy

By Zhuoran Li
To bolster their standing during the pandemic, local cadres are putting a new twist on the concept of performative governance.

China’s ‘Fragmented Authoritar­ianism’ During the COVID-19 Pandemic

China’s ‘Fragmented Authoritar­ianism’ During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Zhenze Huang
China’s pandemic response has been heavily mediated by the always-complex relationship between central and local governments.
China’s Risky Revival of Mao-Era Grassroots Mobilization Methods

China’s Risky Revival of Mao-Era Grassroots Mobilization Methods

By Dan Macklin
Mass mobilization has been key to Beijing’s pandemic strategy, but its continuation is undermining effective governance.

What Keeps China’s Zero-COVID Policy Going

What Keeps China’s Zero-COVID Policy Going

By Zhuoran Li
The CCP's approach to pandemic management incentivizes officials to double down on extreme measures without regard for the costs.

China and COVID-19: A Central-Local ‘Chess Game’

China and COVID-19: A Central-Local ‘Chess Game’

By Philipp Renninger
Attributing pandemic containment to “Beijing” is both wrong and right – and thus sheds light on China’s central-local governance.

Wuhan Coronavirus and the Tacitus Trap

Wuhan Coronavirus and the Tacitus Trap

By Fu Yu
The outbreak revealed long-standing deficiencies inside China’s local administrations, which may pose a threat to the credibility of local governments across the PRC.
China’s Market Reforms: Land and Debt

China’s Market Reforms: Land and Debt

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Spencer Cohen.

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