Cheng Li argues that China's Fourth Plenum has reopened public discourse on constitutionalism and governance, Richard Bush delivered testimony on the future of democracy in Hong Kong, and more.
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John L. Thornton China Center Bulletin
December 4, 2014
Chinese President Xi Jinping talks with Tanzania's President during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing October 24, 2014. (REUTERS/Takaki Yajima)

China's Fourth Plenum Has Opened Up Discourse on Constitutionalism, Governance

Cheng Li

Cheng Li argues that, critics’ disappointment aside, China's Fourth Plenum has reopened much-needed public discourse on constitutionalism and governance.

Hong Kong: Examining the Impact of the "Umbrella Movement"

Richard C. Bush III

On December 3, Richard Bush delivered testimony on the future of democracy in Hong Kong before the Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.


Fear and Loathing in China's New Economic Normal

Charles W. Freeman III, The Brookings Institution

A Step Forward in US-China Ties

David Shambaugh, China-US Focus


Cyber Policy in China

December 9, 2014, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Cheng Li with China's Minister of Cyberspace Administration Lu Wei at Brookings

Brookings Hosts Head of China’s Cyberspace Administration Lu Wei

On December 3, the China Center hosted a private roundtable with Minister Lu Wei, who oversees the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC). Minister Lu shared his insight into the future of cyberspace issues in China and expressed interest in advancing U.S.-China relations.

Evan Osnos, Nonresident Fellow, Foreign Policy, John L. Thornton China Center

Brookings Nonresident Fellow Honored with National Book Award

This past month, China Center Nonresident Fellow Evan Osnos was honored with the National Book Award for non-fiction for Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China, which describes the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party’s struggle to retain control.


U.S., China Reach New Climate, Military Deals

Wall Street Journal, November 12, 2014

Obama, China and the Expectations Gap

Al Jazeera America, November 11, 2014

No Longer Business as Usual in China

New York Times, November 9, 2014


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