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China buzzword bingo shows slow move forward

November 14, 2012

Little things mean a lot in the highly choreographed Party Congress. To judge by his choice of key terms, outgoing leader Hu Jintao wants to move ahead, but not too quickly. Compared to five years ago, there’s less reform, more socialism, a bit more equality and a lot less Marx.

Obama continuity is good for China-U.S. ties

November 8, 2012

The U.S. president’s re-election allows him to engage Beijing’s new leaders right away. Obama may have to endure aggressive rhetoric as the regime builds credibility. If he does that and builds on recent prudent diplomacy, the two superpowers’ rivalry can be constructive.

Clean break could give China reformists hope

September 3, 2012

China could benefit from a clean break. President Hu Jintao may quit his official positions in the ruling Communist Party when new leaders come in early next year, according to a report on Reuters. That would be a change from the path of his predecessor, Jiang Zemin. It would leave the incomers more room to make their mark, and push through reforms with less distraction from factional fighting.

Five ways to hedge against a China slowdown

June 18, 2012

The G20-bound Hu Jintao touted continued growth for the second-largest economy. Yet falling home prices point to cooling. Exposed Asian stocks have suffered. But options, credit default swaps and defensive China assets still offer protection for doubters of the official line.

U.S. politicians could learn from Chinese moms

January 20, 2011

Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to Washington has triggered debate about whether the United States should copy his country's hands-on economic model.

China needs political reforms for future growth

September 7, 2010

Thirty years of economic success has made the Communist Party popular and powerful. China's future hinges on whether some of that power and wealth is shared more evenly with its people.