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China’s ‘Fragmented Authoritarianism’ During the COVID-19 Pandemic
June 25, 2022

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
June 07, 2022

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.
Is Shanghai’s Lockdown Over?
May 23, 2022

Is Shanghai’s Lockdown Over?

By John Darwin Van Fleet
Not yet – it’s still life in limbo for many of Shanghai’s residents.

Warning Signs in China’s Economic Outlook as COVID-19 Spreads
May 20, 2022

Warning Signs in China’s Economic Outlook as COVID-19 Spreads

By He Jun
Signs of economic downturns in Shanghai and Guangdong are especially troubling, considering the outsized role they play in China’s overall economy.

China’s Censors Aim to Contain Dissent During Harsh COVID-19 Lockdowns
May 18, 2022

China’s Censors Aim to Contain Dissent During Harsh COVID-19 Lockdowns

By Sarah Cook
Top doctors have been among those silenced for urging a shift away from China's draconian pandemic control strategy.

How Long Can Xi Prioritize ‘Zero COVID’ over the Economy?
May 14, 2022

How Long Can Xi Prioritize ‘Zero COVID’ over the Economy?

By Dan Macklin
Past precedent suggests the Chinese leader is willing to deprioritize growth to focus on more urgent goals, but only as long as he is supported by a sufficient economic cushion.

Will China Learn From Its Biggest COVID-19 Mistake?
May 10, 2022

Will China Learn From Its Biggest COVID-19 Mistake?

By Zhuoran Li
Amid the Shanghai lockdown, government efforts to silence and prosecute critics have received more public attention – and sparked increasing outrage.
In the China-US Competition, Xi Jinping’s Loss Is Biden’s Gain
May 09, 2022

In the China-US Competition, Xi Jinping’s Loss Is Biden’s Gain

By Sam Bresnick and Nathaniel Sher
Instead of seeking to transform China, the Biden administration is content to see China’s foreign and domestic policies hamper its competitiveness.

Political Stakes High as Beijing Responds to Virus Outbreak
April 30, 2022

Political Stakes High as Beijing Responds to Virus Outbreak

By Ken Moritsugu
A botched response to the Beijing outbreak could dent the Communist Party’s reputation and with it, top leader Xi Jinping’s room for maneuver.

China’s Zero COVID Policy to Renew US West Coast Port Congestion
April 25, 2022

China’s Zero COVID Policy to Renew US West Coast Port Congestion

By Sara Hsu
Lockdowns in Shanghai and elsewhere are resulting in shortages, as there’s a backlog of goods waiting to be moved within China and around the world.

Political Tensions Simmer Over Shanghai’s COVID-19 Crisis
April 20, 2022

Political Tensions Simmer Over Shanghai’s COVID-19 Crisis

By Dan Macklin
The Shanghai lockdown highlighted pre-existing fault lines in China between state and society, as well as the central and local governments.
Shanghai Lockdown Diary
April 14, 2022

Shanghai Lockdown Diary

By John Darwin Van Fleet
One Shanghai resident reflects on his experience during two weeks of COVID-19 lockdown.

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