Liu studied politics at Peking University under Zhao Baoxu, together with Yu Keping and He Zengke, and is a liberal/libertarian. Liu lost his position at Shekeyuan for having published criticisms of Jiang Zemin’s policies at the time of the celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Peking University. After a period at Harvard, he became attached to the Institute of Chinese Culture of the Ministry of Culture.
- Liu, Junning. “China’s would-be Citizens.” Rev. of From Comrade to Citizen: The Struggle for Political Rights in China by Merle Goldman. Journal of Democracy 4 (2007): 172-80.
- Liu, Junning. “Classical Liberalism Catches on in China.” Journal of Democracy3 (2000): 48-57.
- Liu, Junning., et al. “The Emergence of Liberalism in Modern China.” Whither China? The PRC at 50. Cato Policy Report.6 (November/December 1999)
- Liu, Junning. “The New Trinity: The Political Consequences of WTO, PNTR, and the Internet in China.” The Cato Journal1 (2001): 151-60.
- China is undergoing a fundamental transition from a closed society founded on a command economy, state ownership, and communist dictatorship, to a semi-open socialist society with Chinese characteristics. The influence of openness on the common people in China is more important than it is on China’s leaders. Openness will provide a frame of reference to the Chinese people to help them choose a rational regime that will be good for them. The new trinity, composed of: the World Trade Organization (WTO), Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR), and the Internet (including information technology) should contribute to China’s further opening-up and liberalization. The new trinity will provide a strong dynamic for China’s internal political evolution.
- Liu, Junning. “Markets and Constitutions.” The Chinese Economy4 (1999): 29-34.
- Liu, Junning. “I governanti.” Mondo Cinese Maria Rita. 115 (2003): 55-59.
- Liu, Junning. “Greater Freedom, Not Control, Boosts China’s Prospects.” (World), The Australian (National, Australia) July 9, 2011. p.24.
Collections and Book Chapters
- Liu, Junning. “The intellectual turn: the emergence of liberalism in contemporary China” China’s future: constructive partner or emerging threat?. Carpenter, Ted Galen; Dorn, James A. Washington D.C.: Cato, 2000. 49-60.
- Liu, Junning. “What are Asian values?” The Chinese human rights reader: documents and commentary, 1900-2000. Angle, Stephen C.; Svensson, Marina. Armonk, N.Y.; London: M.E. Sharpe, 2001. 409-413.
Translations on Web Sources
- Liu, Junning. “The Ancient Roots of Chinese Liberalism.” The Washington Journal 6 July 2011. Web.