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Schell and Delury argue that for most of China’s recent history, the country has been consumed with the search for wealth and power: the desire to “see China return to greatness and honor.”
Xi Jinping recently decided to close China's re-education camps, a brutal remnant of Maoist Communism entirely at odds with the country’s contemporary capitalist sheen. But given the policy's origin in the earliest days of the Communist era, Xi's move is sure to face bitter resistance from within the establishment.
With austerity the reigning buzzword in Beijing, it's tempting to assume that China is finally joining the West's ongoing debate about macroeconomics. In reality, China's leaders are drawing on a vastly different intellectual history.
A new book offers useful insights into the North Korean mindset, but it overlooks the regime's durability and the reformist bent of its new leader, Kim Jong-un. The regime is here to stay, and the United States should pursue more peaceful relations.