An illustration in four quadrants of current Chinese political factions

A diagram illustrating China's political fractions (Source: Duowei News )

A diagram illustrating China’s political factions (Source: Duowei News )

DuoWei News, a Chinese-language website focused on politics and based in New York, recently published an article that included the diagram to the left illustrating by means the four coordinates the various political factions and their representatives in contemporary China. The article summarizes 12 current Chinese political factions, indicating whether their proposals are progressive or conservative, along with profiles of the leaders or representatives in most categories.

The following are examples of individuals assigned to the four categories:

  • He Weifang 贺卫方, a Chinese law professor affiliated with Peking University, and Mao Yushi 茅于轼, a well-known economist, to the “Liberals within the system” 体制内自由派 category (upper right quadrant), whose proponents advocate government reforms while seeking to maintain the current system
  • Chen Zhiwu 陈志武, a professor of finance at Yale School of Management, and Ye Tan 叶檀, a financial and economic commentator, on the other hand, are assigned to the “Market liberals” 市场自由派 category (upper left quadrant), whose proponents advocate for human rights
  • Han Han 韩寒, a best-selling Chinese author and blogger, is assigned to the “Reformists” 改良派 category (upper left quadrant), whose proponents focus on the legitimacy of the current system
  • Those who favor the current political system are assigned to the “Statism” 国家主义 category, but as there are few scholars who publicly advocate for Statism, these are regarded as exceptions within the system

Links and sources (多维新闻网): 中國政治派别及其代表人物