Category Archives: corruption

An uplifting book on a sad subject: review of Lotus by Zhang Lijia

Commentator Dan Southerland of Radio Free Asia is clearly touched by the moving book Lotus: A Novel by Zhang Lijia on the life of prostitutes in China. “An uplifting book on a sad subject,” he says about the book.

Political experts at the China Speakers Bureau (updated)

Under president Xi Jinping, politics has become more dynamic than under his predecessor Hu Jintao. Anti-corruption, political reforms and increased infighting between different factions mark the news on an almost daily basis. And while everybody has an opinion, at the China Speakers Bureau we are happy to have a range of expert opinions on China´s political development.

Xiao Jianhua: the bag man of the powerful – Rupert Hoogewerf

China´s powerful families use so-called “bag men” to deal with their wealth. The disappeared billionaire Xiao Jianhua was such a bag man, according to China rich list producer Rupert Hoogewerf, including the family or president Xi Jinping to the Financial Times. Finding information on Xiao had been tough.

Who is Xiao Jianhua – Rupert Hoogewerf

Billionaire Xiao Jianhua suddenly disappeared this week from Hong Kong, triggering off rumors of him being kidnapped into mainland China. The South China Morning Post says it received confirmation. China´rich list expert Rupert Hoogewerf or Hurun gives in AP some background on this business partner of some of Xi Jinping´s relatives.

Why writing in English makes me freer – Zhang Lijia

Author Zhang Lijia of the recently published Lotus: A Novel is a native from Nanjing, but writes in English. Writing in her chosen language makes her feel more free, she explains in an interview with Mengfei Chen of the LA Review of Books.

China: one of the most inequal societies – Zhang Lijia

Social mobility between the generations in China has stalled, argues author Zhang Lijia, even more than elsewhere. While she moved herself from factory worker to a social commentator, and recently wrote Lotus: A Novel on prostitution in China, most Chinese are currently stuck socially where they were born.

Xi´s China dream hinders realistic policies – Victor Shih

Politics under president Xi Jinping has certainly become more exciting than under his predecessors, says political scientist Victor Shih in the Policy Forum. But Xi´s push for his China dream getting realistic approaches to achieve that goal have become, and might curtail his ambitions.

Getting the right people, China´s gargantuan labor challenge – Wei Gu

Xi Jinping´s anti-corruption drive and ongoing economic reforms makes it labor force into a hard-to-manage challenge, tells journalist Wei Gu to CNN. Qualified people do not dare to apply for jobs, and finding jobs for those losing employment is equally tough.

Private companies are coming under scrutiny – Rupert Hoogewerf

China´s campaign against corruption is no longer limited to state-owned companies and organizations, but increasingly turns against private companies too. A logical development, tells China rich list founder Rupert Hoogewerf in the Financial Times in an article about Fosun founder Guo Guangchang.

Only one percent of China´s billionaires incarcerated – Rupert Hoogewerf

Guo Guangchang was the latest of China´s tycoons to get in trouble with the authorities. But the number of billionaires getting into the anti-corruption net is actually pretty low, says Hurun China Rich List founder Rupert Hoogewerf to Reuters. Lower than the number of government officials.