Asian democracy blooms as China watches

The Christian Science Monitor reports that the Chinese government is becomingly increasingly uneasy with the flourishing Asian democracies at its borders – especially since the experiences of China’s neighbors belie the government’s standard reasoning of why is not suitable to China:

“Indonesia is very instructive,” says a European scholar in Beijing. “We are always told that China is too big, poor, and complex to have elections. No country is more complex than Indonesia, and it is huge. But it seems capable of successful elections. A few years ago, people were saying it was too divided and would collapse.”

July 7, 2004, 3:12 PM
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