“The January 13, 1967 issue of TIME magazine featured Mao Zedong on its cover with the headline ‘China in Chaos.’ Fifty years later, TIME
made U.S. President-elect Donald Trump its Man of The Year. With a
groundswell of mass support, both men rebelled against the established
order in their respective countries and set about throwing the world
into confusion. Both share an autocratic mind set, Mao Zedong as
Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, Donald Trump as Chairman of the
Board. As Jiaying Fan noted
in May 2016, both also share a taste for ‘polemical excess and
xenophobic paranoia.’ For his part, Mao’s rebellion led to national
catastrophe and untold human misery.”
into Xi Jinping’s tenure as China’s president, many analysts consider
him to be the most powerful leader since Deng Xiaoping, the man who
oversaw China’s opening to the world and its market-oriented policies
after the chaos of the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution. Roderick
MacFarquhar, a scholar of elite Communist Party politics at Harvard
University, goes one step further. Mr. Xi, he says, is the most powerful
Chinese leader since Chairman Mao Zedong, the “Great Helmsman” who
declared the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949 and was worshiped
almost as a god by millions of fanatical Red Guards.
Yet for all of Mr.
Xi’s personal power, his campaign against corruption is fraught with
danger, putting at risk the future of the Communist Party he is
determined to save, Professor MacFarquhar said in a recent talk at the University of Hong Kong. In an interview, he explained why.”
"As millions of Taiwanese headed for the polling stations across the nation last weekend, there was a general sense that change was at hand.
As the results of the vote started trickling in during the evening, it soon became clear that the political scene in Taiwan was about to become a much different place.
It was a rout. When it was all over and done, the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) had merely won six of the 22 constituencies in the mayoral and commissioner elections, while the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won 13, and did so with sizable leads.”
"As Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Revolution” continues, Martin Jacques and others commentators have tried to pin the underlying causes on purely – or primarily – economic factors. Although quality of life issues undeniably played a role in building up public discontent, the emerging narrative – which seeks to portray Hongkongers as ingrates resentful of Mainland China’s newfound economic success – is incomplete and misleading.”
"In other words, Tohti was actually guilty of running what readers around the world would instantly recognize as a blog. To be more precise, it was what Internet scholars like Ethan Zuckerman call a ‘bridge blog,’ one devoted, in the words of Zuckerman, to ‘building connections between people from different cultures via … online work.’”