Globalization Has Created a Chinese Monster

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Xi Jinping’s dictatorship isn’t what the end of history was supposed to look like.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the opening session of the 19th Communist Party Congress in Beijing on Oct. 18, 2017. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the opening session of the 19th Communist Party Congress in Beijing on Oct. 18, 2017. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

On Sunday, the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee recommended ending the two-term limit on the presidency, paving the way for President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely. This surely marks the end of an era — and not just for China, but also for the West.

For the West, the era in question started with the end of the Cold War, as old enemies became “emerging markets.” China had already started opening its markets to foreign investment since 1978 under Deng Xiaoping’s reforms. But only in the 1990s did the private sector take off there, and Western firms promptly rushed in to profit from the breakneck speed of Chinese economic growth. Continue reading “Globalization Has Created a Chinese Monster”

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China’s Stability Myth Is Dead

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With Xi Jinping’s great power comes great irresponsibility.

Chinese President Xi Jinping during the unveiling of the Communist Party's new Politburo Standing Committee in Beijing, China, on Oct. 25, 2017. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Chinese President Xi Jinping during the unveiling of the Communist Party’s new Politburo Standing Committee in Beijing, China, on Oct. 25, 2017. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

The announcement on Sunday that China would abolish the two-term limit for the presidency, effectively foreshadowing current leader Xi Jinping’s likely status as president for life, had been predicted ever since Xi failed to nominate a clear successor at last October’s Communist Party Congress. But it still came as a shock in a country where the collective leadership established under Deng Xiaoping in the 1980s was once considered inviolable. Xi, like every leader since Deng, combines a trinity of roles that embody the three pillars of power in China: party chairman, president, and head of the Central Military Commission. But like every leader since Deng, he was once expected to hand these over after his appointed decade, letting one generation of leadership pass smoothly on to the next. Continue reading “China’s Stability Myth Is Dead”

Bộ sưu tập hình ảnh về Việt Nam trong thập niên 1890

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Bờ hồ Hoàn Kiếm, gần lối vào đền Ngọc Sơn, Hà Nội 1896. Một trạm tàu điện đã được xây dựng tại khu vực này năm 1916. Hình ảnh do nhiếp ảnh gia Pháp Firmin André Salles (1860-1929) thực hiện, được giới thiệu trong bộ sưu tập của thành viên Manhhai trên trang Flickr.com.
Bờ hồ Hoàn Kiếm, gần lối vào đền Ngọc Sơn, Hà Nội 1896. Một trạm tàu điện đã được xây dựng tại khu vực này năm 1916. Hình ảnh do nhiếp ảnh gia Pháp Firmin André Salles (1860-1929) thực hiện, được giới thiệu trong bộ sưu tập của thành viên Manhhai trên trang Flickr.com.

Continue reading “Bộ sưu tập hình ảnh về Việt Nam trong thập niên 1890”