China

Book Review: China at War

History, whether written by academics or popular writers, is usually delivered in easily recognizable chunks with familiar faces – the Pacific War, the Korean War, the Chinese Revolution, etc. But it is often t...

Book Review: The Dictator’s Dilemma

In 1993, there were about 8,700 “mass group incidents” in China over a wide variety of grievances ranging from corruption to forced evictions to human rights abuses to ethnic protests to environmental disaster ...

Book Review: Saving China’s Banking System

In the middle of the first decade of this century, Chinese officials led by then-Prime Minister Zhu Rongji set out to clean up one of the world’s biggest financial messes, the state-run banking system. It is es...

Book Review: Trickle-Down Censorship

As we enter a post-truth world – or so we are told -- there’s probably no better time than to curl up with JFK Miller’s Trickle-Down Censorship: An Outsider’s Account of Working Inside China’s Censorship Regime...

Book Review: CEO, CHINA – The Rise of Xi Jinping

This book is a measured analysis of the power matrix that Chinese President Xi Jinping has consolidated as he steers the nation from slowing export-dependent economy to boost domestic consumption and services –...
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Book Review: Chinese Politics in the Era of Xi Jinping

It often appears there are two Chinas – one fast-rising, showing an aggressive face to the world, building an infrastructure empire, a network of Silk Roads that stretches from Pakistan’s Gwadar Port to the cor...
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Book Review: In Manchuria

The head of the chicken that is the map of China is more or less in the place that we would call Manchuria. Dongbei (the Northeast) as it’s more commonly known now is bitterly cold in winter, desolate, and pock...
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Book Review: Meltdown in Tibet

Michael Buckley is a travel writer who first went to Tibet to raft its rivers and describe its vast landscape in 1985.  In the ensuing 30 years, according to a searing new book on environmental destruction at t...
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Book Review: Death Fugue

One of the most defining moments in modern Chinese history is the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. The Chinese government more or less pretends that it never happened, and detains anyone inside the country who a...