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Is Xi Jinping a Reformer? It's Much Too Early to Tell (A Response to Nicholas Kristof)

A painting of President Xi Jinping for sale in a Shanghai shop. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)
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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.

Complex Legacies Follow Northeast Asia's New Leaders

South Korea's president-elect Park Geun-Hye waves to supporters in Seoul on Dec. 19, 2012. (Kim Jae-Hwan/AFP/Getty Images)
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Princely pedigree and family roots in East Asia's conflicted past run deep among incoming leaders in Beijing, Tokyo, Pyongyang and Seoul.

2013: Sino-Japanese Relations on the Rocks

A Japanese flotilla from Japan's coast guard is vigilant in defending the waters off the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. (Al Jazeera English/Flickr)
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Asia Society Associate Fellow John Ciorciari argues that in 2013, economics should take precedence over nationalism in the conflict over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.

After Year of Transitions in Northeast Asia, 2013 Needs to Be a Year of Leadership

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta meets with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping prior to a meeting in Beijing on Sept. 19, 2012. (U.S. Secretary of Defense/Flickr)
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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.

2013, and Beyond: Why Reform May Be Mission Impossible for China's Xi Jinping

China's newly appointed leader Xi Jinping gestures as he attends a meeting with
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Facing many different political factions and conflicts, the cards are stacked against China's new leader, writes Ouyang Bin.

Northeast Asia in 2013: New Beginnings, Old Challenges

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Charles Armstrong discusses what all the political transitions of 2012 will mean for the upcoming year.

For China's New Leaders, the Spirit of Deng Remains Strong

The 18th Party Congress, Beijing, November 2012. (Flickr/Remko Tanis)
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Deng Xiaoping biographer Ezra Vogel breaks down four major political perspective in modern China, and suggests which one "trumps" them all.

China's Leadership Change: A Paradox in Transition

Asia Society's Orville Schell tells Asia Society members that China's government has a
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Asia Society's Orville Schell explains how China's government suffers from a "leadership deficit."

China's 18th Party Congress: Transition Delayed

Chairman Mao Zedong statue, Dandong, China. (Shining75/Flickr)
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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.

Susan Shirk: Age Had Its Privileges at China's Eighteenth Party Congress

The new Politburo Standing Committee members (Xi Jinping, 3rd from left) meet the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 15, 2012. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
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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.