Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Rachel Beitarie reply to Nicholas Kristof's New York Times piece predicting that Xi Jinping will spearhead a resurgence in economic reforms.
Princely pedigree and family roots in East Asia's conflicted past run deep among incoming leaders in Beijing, Tokyo, Pyongyang and Seoul.
Asia Society Associate Fellow John Ciorciari argues that in 2013, economics should take precedence over nationalism in the conflict over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.
With a resurgent nationalism just one trend potentially threatening the region, new leaders settling into office need to provide steady hands, says Asia Society's Michael Kulma.
Facing many different political factions and conflicts, the cards are stacked against China's new leader, writes Ouyang Bin.
Charles Armstrong discusses what all the political transitions of 2012 will mean for the upcoming year.
Deng Xiaoping biographer Ezra Vogel breaks down four major political perspective in modern China, and suggests which one "trumps" them all.
Asia Society's Orville Schell explains how China's government suffers from a "leadership deficit."
Asia Society Associate Fellow Steven Lewis says observers both inside and outside China were disappointed with a changing of the guard that may not bring much change.
How did China's self-interested ruling elite manage to agree on how power at the top would be shared? Susan Shirk says a basic seniority principle may have been the answer.
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