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Holding Pattern: Zhou Yongkang in the Public Sphere

By | May 22, 2012

Holding Pattern: Zhou Yongkang in the Public Sphere by Megha Rajagopalan This past week, China’s security czar Zhou Yongkang (周永康) returned to the spotlight amid reports he had already handed over much of his responsibility to a successor, seeking to evade further fall-out from the Bo Xilai scandal and activist Chen Guangcheng’s escape from house […]

Turmoil in the Inner Circle: Zhou Yongkang and North Korea

By | April 06, 2012

One of the working assumptions in looking at North Korea as it interacts with China is that the PRC, more or less, is wealthier, more powerful, more modern, and more open to the West — and thus better — than North Korea. But is it more stable?  Are questions about “regime stability” in northeast Asia […]

Between Benign Neglect and Active Deportation: Chinese Policy on North Korean Refugees

By | February 27, 2012

Beijing’s role as a regional and international channel for inter-Korean relations has its benefits, and highlights the PRC’s centrality and prestige.  At other times, however, that same centrality is a quagmire, as with the refugee issue.  How does the CCP regard the refugees, and how has the relevant policy shifted, if at all?  What role […]