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“The January 13, 1967 issue of TIME magazine featured Mao Zedong…



“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.”

For more, see Geremie R. Barme, “The Chairmen, Trump and Mao,” ChinaFile (23 January 2017)

Image: ‘Mao Trump’ by artist Knowledge Bennett. Mark Ralston - AFP / Getty Images

VOTE 2016: Optimism Wins in Taiwan                            …



VOTE 2016: Optimism Wins in Taiwan                                                               “The outcome of Saturday’s elections is directly linked to the Sunflower Movement and the emergence of youth involvement in national politics”

Analysis by Don Rodgers at Thinking TaiwanLINK (17 January 2016)

Image: J. Michael Cole / Thinking Taiwan

“Two years into Xi Jinping’s tenure as China’s president,…



“Two years 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.”

For more, see Michael Forsythe, “Q. and A.:” Roderick MacFarquhar on Xi Jinping’s High-Risk Campaign to Save the Communist Party,“ The New York Times (30 Jan 2015)

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“As millions of Taiwanese headed for the polling stations across…



"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.”

For more on the story, see J. Michael Cole, “Taiwan’s ‘Black Saturday’ Election: A Rebuke to China,” CNN (2 December 2014)

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“As Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Revolution” continues, Martin Jacques…



"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.”

What deeper issues have been neglected in analyses of the movement? See Alvin Y. H. Cheung, “Hong Kong’s Protests Are Not About the Economy, Stupid,” The Diplomat (3 October 2014)

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“In other words, Tohti was actually guilty of running what…



"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.’”

The punishment? A sentence of life in prison.

For more on the recent story of Ilham Tohti, and its implications, see David Wertime, “An Internet Where Nobody Says Anything: Ilham Tohti’s Sentence Shows a Dark Vision for the Web of the Future,” Tea Leaf Nation / China File (25 Sept 2014)

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