Kerry Brown

 

Zhou Youguang, the real hero of modern China

Features

The architect of China’s literacy revolution maintained an open-minded curiosity well into his second century.

What will happen when China’s future is today?

Politics

The bright national vision promoted by China’s ruling party has a dramatic twist.

Yang Jiang, farewell

Features

The life of a great writer, translator and intellectual encapsulates the story of modern China. The passing of Yang Jiang at the age of 104 on 26 May 2016 brings to an end one of the very last links with an era of Chinese history that predated the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949.

Xi Jinping: servant or dictator?

Politics

China’s communist party awaits a steer on its next leadership transition. But might the current president have other plans? “Sometime in 2016, a number of people in provincial or ministerial leadership positions might start to get more state media coverage, with clues appearing of their being positioned for promotion.”

Leviathan comes to Beijing

Features

Kerry Brown, professor of Chinese politics and director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney asks: What is the Communist Party of China? How can its true nature and use of power be grasped? For insight, look to the English 17th-century philosopher, Thomas Hobbes.

China, Questions of Loyalty

Politics

What determines political survival among China’s party elite? Where are the traps that ensnare men like Zhou Yongkang and Ling Jihua? The ambiguities of loyalty are a useful way to bring these questions into focus.

Weighing History in China

Features

A memoir of the cultural revolution by Mei Zhi about her husband Zhang Guangren, better known under his pen-name Hu Feng, reveals both the human cost of that era in China and helps explain the curious strategy of its current leadership.

China’s past, China’s present

Features

China’s rich history is a seductive resource for China’s modern politicians. But its complexity can also make it a selective one, says Kerry Brown who discusses Timothy Brook’s excellent study of China from 1279-1644 – The Troubled Empire: China in the Yuan and Ming Dynasties .