Lu Xi

Assistant Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Dr. Lu Xi is an Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He received his PhD from the University of California – Berkeley. He holds an MS in Agricultural Economics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Xi works on the interaction between China's politics and economics, and is teaching elective modules that examine the political logic driving China's modern economic development. Xi's research interests lie in political economy, development, corruption and meritocracy.

Staff members spray disinfectant at a school ahead of the new semester in Bozhou in China's eastern Anhui province on 23 August 2021. (STR/AFP)

Is China taking policies to the extreme to achieve zero-Covid?

After a month of tough restrictions following a Delta variant outbreak, China reported this week zero new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases. Since the pandemic started, it has stuck with a zero-Covid strategy. In fact, even contemplating living with the virus is often seen as submitting to the ways of the West. NUS academic Lu Xi asks: As some local officials take zero-Covid policies to extremes to submit good report cards, will ordinary folk suffer the most?
This picture taken on 29 July 2021 shows students and parents walking after attending a private after-school education in Haidan district of Beijing. (Noel Celis/AFP)

China’s tutoring crackdown: Is the Chinese government prepared for its consequences?

NUS academic Lu Xi notes the recent actions of the Chinese government in regulating the private tutoring industry, and how it has damaged market confidence, leading to an exodus of funds in China concept stocks. He asks if this seemingly ill-considered policy is again the result of extreme rigidity in the Chinese bureaucratic system, allowing no communication between those above and those on the ground. Is the government prepared for its consequences?