From The Toronto Star:
Chinese President Hu Jintao should have cause to celebrate. He has just added the chairmanship of Beijing’s central military commission to his r√©sum√©, making him undisputed leader of a forward-looking nation of 1.3 billion that boasts a $2 trillion economy that knows no limits.
But if the Chinese are confident, the same cannot be said for their unelected leaders. They fear their own people. And their recent actions show just how deep that fear runs.
The National People’s Congress marked Hu’s elevation by passing a law that threatens to make war on Taiwan. This comes days after Beijing orchestrated a clumsy leadership swap in Hong Kong. In both cases, the Chinese leadership’s distaste for democracy was on open display.