And if Trump cooperates.
SINGAPORE -- At its fourth plenary of the 18th congress in October 2014, the Chinese Communist Party leadership passed an ambitious reform plan on the legal system. The party devoted this entire plenary session to discuss "rule of law" -- something unprecedented in the history of the party's plenary sessions. This act was widely interpreted as the Xi Jinping leadership's determination to build a system of "rule of law" in the country.
It is the season of lists: best movies, best books and on and on. Since I teach and write on globalization and international political economy, I thought I would continue a tradition I started several years ago of creating a different type of list: a geo-political-economic list -- a list of globalization's top five trends for the year.
BEIJING -- To understand where China is headed over the coming years, one must also understand the Communist Party of China, since the CPC leadership is a fundamental feature of socialism with Chinese characteristics.
I first met him at the Great Hall of the People in 1982. "Met" is the wrong word. Encountered is better. He was waiting for a visiting foreign dignitary. I was on the other side of a red rope with a gaggle of other reporters. But I could see that he was different from other Chinese leaders.
The Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center should be on the "to see" list of anyone visiting the city. You'll be simultaneously fascinated and appalled by what the Chinese have gone through--and thankful that you have not!
While there are American-style liberals in China, some intellectuals and others view freedom through a different, and they say Chinese, prism. Some reject U.S.-style democracy without exactly affirming CCP-led autocracy. Everyone wants to be heard, but they don't necessarily want everyone else, especially the rural masses, to be heard.
The gravest threat to American global leadership is neither Russia nor China but continued interest group-driven congressional abandonment of the kind of balanced strategy that won the Cold War.
Twenty years ago, China's engagement with the world had barely begun. The Internet was accessible to only the privileged few. Parents still espoused "protective" values reinforced by their experiences during the instability of two man-made disasters.
Not since the ancient era of city-states has a leader such as Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew exerted such a disproportionate influence on the global stage. But there is a growing call for a change in the way government he left behind operates and how inclusive it will be. Can it adapt?
HONG KONG -- If 18 years were not enough time for Beijing to get "one country, two systems" right, then whose problem is it now? Senior officials in Beijing, the "one country" capital, are left with a lot of problems to study and fix.
SINGAPORE -- This is a rare window of opportunity for China. If Xi had not launched the anti-corruption campaign now, it would have been impossible to do so in 10 years time. By then the vested interest groups would have become too powerful. If the economic oligarchy becomes a political one, China will become the Russia of yesterday.
The greatest dilemma facing the Chinese government in its long-standing efforts to build an effective legal system is how to ensure both the integrity of the judiciary and the Communist Party's monopoly of power.
My grandmother was a prostitute-turned concubine, my mother a frustrated factory worker, and myself a rocket-factory-girl-turned-international-writer. The stories of three generations of women in my family illustrate the changing role of women in contemporary Chinese society.
It's impossible not to admire the protestors, who took over much of a central city district. However, the demonstrators' very passion threatens their objective.