3rd Plenum, 18th CC: A Reformist Agenda but Challenges Ahead

The communiqué issued at the end of the Plenum left many observers disappointed, but the follow-up 60-point “Decision” contained several important economic reform measures.

China in South Asia: Influence and Feedback

Presentation made at the British High Commission, New Delhi, 22 August 2013

Centre-Province Relations in Contemporary China

Stronger and more autonomous provincial economies have in the reform era, led to increasingly assertive provincial governments but to assume this has come entirely at the expense of the central government would be a mistake.

China’s New Foreign Policy Team

The first annual session of the 12th National People’s Congress in China was notable for, among other things, new appointments to China’s key foreign policy positions. What are the implications for India?

China’s ‘Parliament’: Clear and Present Challenges

While the Communist Party continues to be the more powerful than the government in China, the symbols of state such as the National People’s Congress are increasingly vocal.

New Leadership in China: Quo Vadis Political Reform?

More than the challenges of political reforms, it appears the Communist Party of China fears a return to the populism and demagoguery of the Mao era.

Post-China’s 18th Party Congress: Socioeconomic Challenges Paramount

The fifth generation of the CPC leadership in China faces severe domestic challenges, chief among them, widespread corruption, increasing inequality, rising unemployment and growing regional disparities.

The fall of Bo Xilai and some reflections on Indian politics

What does the exit of Bo Xilai say about the stability of the Chinese political system? And what lessons might be drawn for the Indian political system?