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Historian: China's Economic Reforms Actually Started During the Cultural Revolution

In June, 1966, Chinese Red Guards — high school and university students — wave copies of Chairman Mao Zedong's
Current Affairs

The author Frank Dikötter argues in a new book that China's capitalist transformation began before Deng Xiaoping formally introduced market reforms.

China's Cultural Revolution in Photos

Chinese youth with Red Guards study copies of Mao Zedong's
Current Affairs

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of 10 years of severe political and social upheaval in China. These are scenes from around the country during that period.

Orville Schell on China's Crackdown

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The scholar details worsening repression under President Xi Jinping.

Interview: How 'Frustrated Ideologue' Mao Zedong’s Failing Bureaucracy Derailed China

Children in Taiyuan, China in 2011 celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of China's Communist Party. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

Stanford sociologist Andrew G. Walder discusses his new book about how some of the worst man-made catastrophes in China's history were able to unfold.

'Assignment: China' Documentary Looks at Mao's Death and 'the End of an Era'

Mao Zedong's body on display for mourners after his death in September 1976. (Xinhua)
Current Affairs

Film by Mike Chinoy looks at the tumultuous events of China in the mid-1970s through the eyes of the foreign correspondents who covered them.

Video: The World According to Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger and Zhu Min on stage at the launch of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York on April 8, 2014. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)

At the official launch of the Asia Society Policy Institute, the former U.S. Secretary of State offers observations on matters as diverse as America's "pivot" to Asia, China's past and present leaders, and why he doesn't use social media.

Book Excerpt: Orville Schell and John Delury on China's Path to 'Rejuvenation'

Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-first Century (Random House, 2013) by Orville Schell (top) and John Delury.

The duo from Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations release Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century later this month.

In 2012 it Was Full Speed Ahead on China's Rails


Asia Society's ChinaFile Fellow Maura Cunningham evaluates China's latest push for high-speed railways.

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

The 18th Party Congress, Beijing, November 2012. (Flickr/Remko Tanis)

Deng Xiaoping biographer Ezra Vogel breaks down four major political perspective in modern China, and suggests which one "trumps" them all.

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)

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."