Democracy with Chinese characteristics – Francesco Sisci

From Asia Times:

China’s burgeoning and at times free-wheeling economy is officially described as “socialism with Chinese characteristics”. One could just as well call it “capitalism with Chinese characteristics”.

In the same vein, a recent white paper describes China as having a “socialist ”, that is, “ with Chinese characteristics”.

The precise nature of these “characteristics”, though, is at the center of ongoing debate within the country’s leadership, which faces its greatest and most tantalizing dilemma: just as it embraced capitalism, which is anathema to communism, it can stay in power by embracing democracy (in some form) , even though this goes against its core principles.

November 8, 2005, 11:01 AM
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