Category Archives: democracy

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.

Why a Leninist state cannot survive, Q&A with David Shambaugh – Ian Johnson

There is not shortage of experts who predict China cannot survive as a Leninist state, but David Shambaugh is certainly one of the more prominent ones. Journalist Ian Johnson sits down with him for the New York Times and discusses the future of current China.

China needs to be a Singapore on steroids – Arthur Kroeber

China has three scenario´s to choose from by the end of next year, when the new Party Congress convenes, tells author Arthur Kroeber,China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know®, at the European Council of Foreign Relations. Or Russia-style nationalism, Japan-style slowdown 2.0 or a Singapore on steroids.

Liu Yu, on the political debate in China – Ian Johnson

Journalist Ian Johnson interviewed democracy guru Liu Yu on her work and the political debate in China for the New York Review of Books. In this fragment they discuss how China´s internet users start to learn from those debates abroad, if they are interested, that is.

The collateral damage of communist rule – Ian Johnson

Economist Arthur Kroeber argued last week that China´s leadership accepts that its authoritarian strength triggers off collateral damage: it will never become a leader in technology or soft power, including censorship. Journalist Ian Johnson disagrees in the ChinaFile, the people might not accept that trade-off.

Violence in Hong Kong will hurt China – Victor Shih

Many expected a more violent end to the protests in Hong Kong, but not financial expert Victor Shih, he tells in the Institutional Investor. He was not surprised by the cautious approach Beijing displayed in Hong Kong.

Why a deal with the Umbrella movement is unlikely – Jasper Becker

Talks might be going on between Hong Kong protesters and the government, but a deal is very unlikely, explains journalist and China veteran Jasper Becker in the Eurasia Review. From a debate on the results of the Hong Kong protest movement.

Winners and losers in Hong Kong´s widening wealth gap – Wei Gu

The wealth gap in Hong Kong is widening and WSJ wealth editor Wei Gu explains who are the winners and the losers. That economic disparity has been an underlying ground for the recent protests in Hong Kong, she explains. Real estate en retail belong to the winners, students and workers lose most of the time.

Why mainlanders do not care about Hong Kong – Zhang Lijia

Some blamed heavy media censorship for the lack of interest at mainland China for the protests in Hong Kong. Author Zhang Lijia discovered mainlanders are genuinely not interested in Hong Kong. Her analysis at her weblog. Why the mainland and Hong Kong are drifting apart.

Why Hong Kong will not get a Western democracy – Tom Doctoroff

When democracy movements emerge, like the recent one on Hong Kong, Western observers mostly fail to understand what kind of democracy people are asking for. In Hong Kong it´s not a Western edition, writes China veteran Tom Doctoroff from Hong Kong in the Huffington Post.