Professor, Claremont McKenna College
Dec 31 , 2014
As the Chinese government prepares to put the disgraced former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang on trial in 2015, the question on the minds of most observers is whether the courtroom proceedings against Zhou will adhere to both Chinese criminal procedures and the well-established legal principle of fairness.
Oct 30 , 2014
In the Communist Party of China Central Committee’s 4th Plenum, reform of the legal system was the focus of the meeting. Minxin Pei analyzes the “Major Decisions” document and examines the challenges facing Xi Jinping as he puts forth a new concept of “rule according to law.”
Aug 28 , 2014
The anti-monopoly crackdown by Chinese regulators and targeted at well-known Western companies like Microsoft, Qualcomm, BMW, and General Motors has raised concerns about the merits of the cases and Chinese protectionism.
Jul 16 , 2014
In the search for corrupt Party officials, Xi Jinping should aim to fulfill three tasks so as to make his ouster of corruption most effective, according to Minxin Pei. In addition to this, Xi Jinping should also exercise caution in what decisions he makes regarding the “super tiger.”
Jun 27 , 2014
In light of President Obama’s commencement speech at West Point, Minxin Pei analyzes and discusses various facets of the talk. Specifically, Pei points to four themes in President Obama’s speech as particularly poignant, and spends the bulk of the essay discussing them.
May 09 , 2014
Following the official announcement of Mr. Li Chuncheng’s expulsion from the Communist Party, Minxin Pei applauds Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive and urges China’s new leader to go further by taking on China’s culture of corruption.
Apr 11 , 2014
While Xi Jinping’s reform agenda has consisted of two seemingly separate initiatives, Minxin Pei points out that far-reaching economic reforms and an anti-corruption drive are intrinsically linked because market-oriented reforms are necessary in order to reduce the opportunities for abuse of power, and vice versa.
Mar 04 , 2014
Launched on Monday in Beijing, the 12th National People’s Congress consists of 2200 delegates gathering at the “Great Hall of the Public” in Tiananmen Square. As Minxin Pei explains, this year’s annual meeting will be closely watched to see how Xi Jinping’s reform agenda will play out over the 10-day session.
Feb 13 , 2014
The turmoil surrounding China’s shadow banking system is easily understood as more than $1 trillion worth of debt is set to mature in the system before May. However, as Minxin Pei points out, China’s new leadership must turn shadow banking’s impending crisis into a strategic opportunity and face short-term pain to prevent the triggering of a domino-style collapse.
Jan 16 , 2014
After one year as China’s top leader, President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive has become one of his most notable successes. However, as Minxin Pei explains, sustaining this drive will have many challenges.