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Asia Policy is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal presenting policy-relevant academic research on the Asia-Pacific that draws clear and concise conclusions useful to today’s policymakers.

Beginning in 2018 with volume 13, Asia Policy will be published quarterly in January, April, July, and October.

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Mark W. Frazier

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Asia Policy 20 (July 2015)

Asia Policy 20 features a roundtable on the future of China’s “rule according to law” initiative and articles on the value of trust between U.S. and Chinese military officers, the direction of the Australia-Japan strategic partnership, and the prospects for population movements inside North Korea after a governmental collapse. The issue also includes a book review roundtable on Nicholas R. Lardy’s book Markets over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China.

Table of Contents

The Future of "Rule According to Law" in China
Carl Minzner, Donald Clarke, Ling Li, Jacques deLisle, Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard and Stanley Lubman

Legal Reform in the Xi Jinping Era
Carl Minzner

China’s Legal System and the Fourth Plenum
Donald Clarke

Chinese Characteristics of the “Socialist Rule of Law”: Will the Fourth Plenum Cure the Problems of the Chinese Judicial System?
Ling Li

The Rule of Law with Xi-Era Characteristics: Law for Economic Reform, Anticorruption, and Illiberal Politics
Jacques deLisle

Assessing the Fourth Plenum of the Chinese Communist Party: Personnel Management and Corruption
Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard

Conclusion: Stronger and More Professional Courts—But Still Under Party Control
Stanley Lubman

Why Can’t We Be Friends? Assessing the Operational Value of Engaging PLA Leadership
James P. Nolan

From Strategic Partnership to Strategic Alliance? Australia-Japan Security Ties and the Asia-Pacific
Thomas S. Wilkins

Internal Migration in North Korea: Preparation for Governmental Disruption
Sandra Fahy

Book Review Roundtable
Nicholas R. Lardy's Markets over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China
Kellee S. Tsai, Michael Pettis, Yukon Huang, Joseph Fewsmith, Charles W. Freeman III and Nicholas R. Lardy

The State of China's Economic Miracle
Kellee S. Tsai

Distortions in the Balance Sheet Matter to China's Growth
Michael Pettis

Who Is Responsible for China's Growth: The State or the Private Sector?
Yukon Huang

Where's the Government?
Joseph Fewsmith

The Contradictions of China's Political Economy
Charles W. Freeman III

Author's Response: China Has Grown Because It Has Grown More Capitalist
Nicholas R. Lardy