China’s new leadership faces tough challenges at the third plenum of the 18th Central Committee with a focus on economic reforms. Minxin Pei writes that four policy priorities will dictate the success of China’s reforms: financial sector liberalization, an overhaul of the fiscal system, downsizing of state-owned enterprises, and abolition of the hukou system.
In the United States, Bo Xilai’s “trial of the century” was reported as a spicy cocktail of sex, power and violence. The real story is about rapid economic development, generational change in politics, and the progress of the rule of law in China.
The recent five-day trial of Bo Xilai has impressed the public for its fairness and transparency, Pro.Tong Zhiwei calls for China to take the opportunity to institutionalize the practices of public trial of cases and sublimate them into a rule governing the hearing of all cases by courts at all levels.
Many China watchers have remarked with hope about the degree of transparency in Bo Xilai’s trial under China’s relatively new leadership. In this article, however, Steven Hill calls for greater governance and rule of law.
China’s new leadership has been hard-pressed to show a diligent crackdown on corruption and graft, and with the trial of former Communist Party chief of Chongqing Bo Xilai coming to an end many question whether this scandal will lead to reforms and address the social divisions exposed by his downfall.
With the Bo Xilai trial commencing this week, Chen Qun writes that corruption has become the primary evil that the government must tackle, as it has stood in the way of reform and opening-up and has become a mortal malady afflicting the popularity of the government and the Party.
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