Dr Willy Lam’s Insights on China’s 18th Party Congress (Part II)

Dr Willy Lam, 林和立, expert on Chinese politics,  shared his insights on China’s 18th Party Congress:

Ideology, vested interests: Why China’s reforms have hit brick wall

CNN – ‎Nov 12, 2012‎
Editor’s note: Willy Lam is Adjunct Professor of History at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Senior Fellow with the Jamestown Foundation in Washington D.C. He is also a regular contributor for CNN on Chinese affairs. (CNN) — There is only one thing 

Chinese Communist Party leadership: Live Report

Jakarta Globe – ‎Nov 14, 2012‎
05:10 GMT: Willy Lam, of Chinese University of Hong Kong, describes Xi’s speech as an appeal for unity. “Of course he has promised to do more for the ordinary folks, but he has recognised that the level and cynicism and the level of anger about corruption in 

Will there really be change in China?

CNN (blog) – ‎Nov 14, 2012‎
Willy Lam is a China scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He says, “Xi Jinping is a good guy. He’s a consensus candidate. He’s also willing to work with different factions so that’s why he was chosen. However, he is not a visionary or charismatic 

Behind the defeat of two potential liberal Politburo members and Hu Jintao 

World Tribune – ‎Nov 13, 2012‎
By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com. What’s the difference between elections in China and those in democratic countries such as the United States? The main difference is in China, the results are known before the ballots are even cast. Chinese Vice Premier Li 

Chinese leadership: speculation begins on who will take power in 2022

The Guardian – ‎Nov 16, 2012‎
Willy Lam, a Chinese politics expert at the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation, wrote that incentive systems laid out by Hu Jintao make it unlikely that the sixth generation would enact real political change. Third-generation leaders such as Deng 

After months of mystery, China unveils new top leaders

CNN – ‎Nov 15, 2012‎
But many analysts are skeptical about the willingness of leaders to adopt significant changes, noting the concentration of power and money at the top of the party. The new set of leaders appears set to uphold the status quo, according to Willy Lam, a history 

China’s Communist Party wraps up congress with little sign of reform

Los Angeles Times – ‎Nov 14, 2012‎
Willy Lam, a China expert at the University of Hong Kong, said there is some disappointment that Hu, who once was seen as a reformer, wasn’t able to make much progress in opening up the party during his two five-year terms. “Even though Hu has been

Experts detail 5 challenges for China

CNN – ‎Nov 14, 2012‎
China commentator Willy Lam weighs in, noting that “even before the birth of the People’s Republic in 1949, factions within the party had fought over the future direction of the country.” The “struggle between two lines” during Mao’s rule has morphed into

Xi Faces Economic Test of Courage After Leadership Change

Businessweek – ‎Nov 15, 2012‎
Ma Kai, a former head of the National Development and Reform Commission now on the 25-member Politburo, could fill a diminished version of Wang’s former role, with Li and Zhang Gaoli also playing sizable roles, said Willy Wo-Lap Lam, an adjunct 

China unveils new leaders

Los Angeles Times – ‎Nov 14, 2012‎
Willy Lam, a China expert at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said there was some disappointment that Hu, once seen as a reformer, wasn’t able to make much progress in opening up the party during his two five-year terms. “Even though Hu has been 

China’s Urban Champion Li Gets Task of Reviving Reform

Businessweek – ‎Nov 13, 2012‎
 face of resistance from those who have prospered under the current system and who blocked progress under outgoing President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen, said Willy Wo-Lap Lam, an adjunct professor of history at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

China’s new Communist Party leaders

The National – ‎Nov 15, 2012‎
Mr Xi has avoided revealing any leanings that might threaten his status as a consensus candidate, backing non-controversial policies and positions during his rise up the party ranks, said China political analyst Willy Lam. “He’s a team player. He played by the 

Will China’s new leader result in a new direction for the country?

Globe and Mail – ‎Nov 15, 2012‎
This will help him consolidate his position,” said Willy Lam, an expert on Communist Party politics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. It’s not clear what Mr. Xi will do with his moment. The pudgy 59-year-old with the shiny black hair, who saw his family 

China Unveils Next Generation of Leaders

NASDAQ – ‎Nov 14, 2012‎
“At this stage the Politburo Standing Committee is unbalanced, lopsided,” said Willy Lam, analyst at the Jamestown Foundation, on the eve of the ceremony. “And Hu has indeed been outfoxed by Jiang.” Mr. Hu may have succeeded in promoting his proteges 

Don’t count on bold economic reform from China’s new leaders Add to …

Globe and Mail – ‎Nov 15, 2012‎
Willy Lam, a China scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, believes economic reform will continue but that high-profile issues like full convertibility of the yuan and opening of the capital account may still be eight to 10 years away. “I think this is a 

Asia-Pacific China’s new leadership led by Xi Jinping

Aljazeera.com – ‎Nov 14, 2012‎
Meanwhile in Hong Kong, China analyst Willy Lam said Xi could take a harder line in foreign policy “in order to consolidate his power quickly.” “So we expect, perhaps, possible military confrontation with Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam over sovereignty 

Stage set for Chinese political theatre

Mail & Guardian Online – ‎Nov 14, 2012‎
“This entire process is a classic black-box operation,” said Willy Lam, political analyst at Chinese University of Hong Kong. “It’s rule of man, not rule of law.” Western political models. At the opening of the 16th party congress a decade ago, Jiang – who allowed 

I will win trust of the people, vows China’s new leader Xi

Evening Standard – ‎Nov 15, 2012‎
Willy Lam, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, added: “Political reform will be put on the back burner. It will be totally frozen.” As well as corruption, problems the new leadership must deal with include a big gap between rich and poor, the environmental 


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