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Most Favored Narrations

by Bill Hayes

In Most Favored Narrations for Foreign Policy magazine, Isaac Stonefish and Helen Gao examine the list of 10 books most popular among the Chinese leadership.

The top 10 list is a proclamation from the Central Committee, which is by definition an exercise in ideological correctness. The interesting question is, at a moment when China is wrestling with the challenges posed by growth and global power status, what exactly do China’s ruling elite consider ideologically correct? For those concerned about the degree of intellectual openness and liberalism within the Chinese leadership, the answer that the list gives is worrying. [more]