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Dirty Air and Succession Jitters Are Clouding Beijing's Judgment

Asia Society

06/12/2012, 10:35am Last week's attack by the Chinese government on U.S. consulates that are publishing Chinese air-quality information online has become a bit of a joke to ordinary Chinese. In a commentary on the Asia Society's Asia Blog, IGCC Director Susan Shirk and coauthor Steven Oliver discuss the event in the context of the upcoming leadership transition at the 18th Party Congress and why Chinese leaders are on edge. "This self-defeating action is symptomatic of a panicky leadership with a severe credibility problem," according to Shirk and Oliver. More.

Steven Oliver is a Ph.D. student in the Political Science Department at UC San Diego. He was a communications intern at IGCC as an undergraduate.

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