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Bo Xilai during the closing ceremony of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 14, 2012. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Video: Orville Schell Explains Why 'Very Threatening' Bo Xilai Received Life Sentence

Speaking on PBS Newshour, Orville Schell describes the case of disgraced official Bo Xilai as "sublimely embarrassing" to China's leadership. more
Commuters look at the Intermediate People's Court — where Bo Xilai was indicted and his case is expected to be heard — reflected in a bus window in Jinan, Shandong province on July 25, 2013. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

From Standing Committee to Standing Trial: Understanding Bo Xilai's Fall From Grace

The ex-Chongqing party chief behind one of China's most notorious scandals has been indicted with bribery, abuse of power, and corruption. ChinaFile has the latest expert opinions ahead of the landmark trial. more
Before a security crackdown, a demonstrator protests the construction of a 55.9 billion yuan (US$8.9 billion) chemical plant in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, on October 28, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)

Carl Minzner: China's Legal System Risks 'Hard Landing'

If China doesn't reform its legal system, argues Carl Minzner, it "might resemble 19th-century Russia more than 20th-century South Korea or Taiwan." more
The skyline in Shanghai, China, on Oct. 19, 2012. Shanghai now has more skyscrapers than New York City and its population, currently estimated at 18 million, is forecast to reach 25 million by 2020. (Thomas Fischler/Flickr)

Interview: Historian Considers Three Tumultuous Years in Ever-Changing China

China and the U.S. are now intertwined to such a point, says Jeffrey Wasserstrom, that nearly every news story about one place has some link to the other. more
A still from Bo Wang's documentary "China Concerto" (2012).

Interview: Bo Wang's 'China Concerto' Turns Camera on Bo Xilai's 'Red' Chongqing

Bo Wang's "China Concerto," which made its U.S. debut at the Museum of Modern Art last week, takes a critical look at the culture of spectacle in contemporary China. more
Then-New York Knick Jeremy Lin (#17) in action at New York City's Madison Square Garden on March 16, 2012. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Photos: From Linsanity to Galloping Gangnam, a Look Back at Asia in 2012

As the world bids 2012 adieu, we look back at some of the year's most memorable people and events from Asia. more
Myanmar president Thein Sein (L) and legislator Aung San Suu Kyi (R) speaking at Asia Society events in 2012. Aung San Suu Kyi was last year's winner of our reader poll for Asia's Person of the Year — will her countryman take her spot this year? (Kenji Takigami/Joshua Roberts)

Poll: Who Was Asia's Person of the Year in 2012?

Asia Blog has compiled a list of 12 of the most newsworthy figures of 2012. It's your turn to vote on who you think had the most impact. more
Some of the books on China from 2012 that caught the attention of journalist Ian Johnson and historian Jeffrey Wasserstrom. (Asia Society)

Looking Back at 2012 China Books: A Conversation with Ian Johnson

Asia Society Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom catches up with journalist Ian Johnson to discuss their favorite China-related books from 2012. more
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)

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

Figuring out how to transfer power at the top in the absence of an open and legitimate leadership selection process is China's biggest political challenge. more
Beijing's Tiananmen Square, photographed in October 2012. (duggadugdug/Flickr)

Orville Schell: Beijing on Edge as It Gropes Way Toward New Leadership

With no script and no "big leader" in place for China's next act, both officials and ordinary citizens are in the grip of deep unease about the future. more