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Videos: Will Xi Jinping Differ From His Predecessors?

Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, left, walks past then Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, right, after the closing session of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party in November 2012. (Feng Li/Getty Images)
Policy

Political scientist Andrew Nathan discusses newly installed Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s relationship to his predecessors Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin, the likelihood of political reform under Xi.

Video: Sensors Strapped to Kites Search for Clues in Beijing's Dirty Air

A Beijing resident holds up a FLOAT kite fitted with an air quality sensor. (Joshua Frank/ChinaFile)
Multimedia

Two U.S. graduate students design kites with sensors that can easily monitor Beijing's air quality and send data back to the people on the ground.

Politics and the Chinese Language: What Mo Yan's Defenders Get Wrong

The 2012 Nobel Literature Prize winner Mo Yan of China reads during a public reading of his works at Aula Magna, at Stockholm University, on December 9, 2012. (Fredrik Sandberg/AFP/Getty Images)
Arts

The New York Review of Books' Perry Link re-enters the energetic debate over the awarding of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature to Chinese novelist Mo Yan.

Why Critics of Chinese Nobel Prize-Winner Mo Yan Are Just Plain Wrong

Chinese writer and 2012 Nobel Literature Prize laureate Mo Yan poses for photographers before giving a press conference in Stockholm on December 6, 2012. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
Arts

Nobel Prize-winner Mo Yan may have made some disappointing choices in public life, argues Charles Laughlin, but his fiction wasn't written to serve a political agenda.

Recounting First Visit to China, Orville Schell Evokes a World of Difference

 In 1975 the author worked for a month at the Dazhai model agricultural work brigade in Shanxi province. Here he helps prepare the fields for maize, peanuts and fruit. (Orville Schell)
Policy

The Director of Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations describes his first trip to China, at a time when the country seemed to represent not only the unknown but "the unknowable."

Always a Pioneer, Artist Xu Bing Now Takes the Novel Beyond the Written Word

Sample pages from Xu Bing's
Arts

The Chinese artist's latest creation, Book from the Ground: From Point-to-Point, is a literally iconic work of fiction.

Video: Since 2005, Sustained Rollbacks Have Stunted Legal Reform in China

Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng listens to a question at the Council on Foreign Relations on May 31, 2012 in New York. (Don Emmert/AFP/GettyImages)
Policy

Fordham Law's Carl Minzner discusses the past, present, and future of legal reform in the modern developing Communist China.

Video: Yale Historian Sees Continuity Between Qing Dynasty, 18th Party Congress

Yale University historian Peter Purdue puts China's 18th Party Congress in historical perspective on November 14, 2012.
Policy

Historian Peter Perdue traces the parallels between Qing Dynasty practices and this week's 18th Party Congress in Beijing.

China's Next Leaders: A Guide to What's at Stake

A paramilitary police officer collects the Chinese national flag during the flag-lowering ceremony at Tiananmen Square on November 13, 2012. (Feng Li/Getty Images)
Policy

Figuring out how to transfer power at the top in the absence of an open and legitimate leadership selection process is the biggest political challenge China faces.

Fragments of Cai Yang's Life: An Angry Young Man Gets Swept Up in Protests Against Japan

People take pictures of a Japanese car damaged during a protest against Japan's 'nationalizing' of the disputed Diaoyu Islands, also known as Senkaku Islands in Japan in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi province, on September 15, 2012. (AFP/GettyImages)
Policy

ChinaFile, the new online magazine of the Center on U.S.-China Relations, has translated a rare story from the Chinese newspaper, Southern Weekend.