The Resurgence of China's Criminal
Underworld: Assessment and Explanation

by Ming Xia

[May 13, 2005]


Based upon a database compiled by the author, this presentation provides an overview of the development of China's criminal underworld during the past two decades and a quantitative assessment of its current state. Through examining the organized criminal groups, this presentation assesses the hardcore of China's criminal underworld mafia-style criminal syndicates and its greater base, the underworld society. It argues that a challenge from the criminal underworld has increasingly posed as a serious threat to the transition course of Chinese society. It also gives explanations to the recent resurgence of the criminal underworld in China through a perspective of political science, putting stress on the state-failure factors. Accordingly, suggestions are made to the scholarly community and the policy circles.






Lecture Archive

Fall 2009 - Spring 2010

Fall 2008 - Spring 2009

Fall 2007 - Spring 2008


Fall 2006 - Spring 2007

Fall 2005 - Spring 2006

Fall 2004 - Spring 2005

Fall 2003 - Spring 2004

Fall 2002 - Spring 2003

Fall 2001 - Spring 2002


Asian American / Asian Research Institute 2017

25 West 43rd Street, Room 1000, New York, NY 10036   
Phone: 212-869-0182 / 0187   
Fax: 212-869-0181 | E-mail: