China should take to democracy sooner – Venkatesan Vembu

From DNA

Among the reasons that Chinese leaders and intellectuals cite most often to claim that China isn’t “ready” for , four stand out. But these four pillars were knocked down with solid empirical evidence, at a recent seminar in Beijing, by Dr XL Ding, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Professor in the Social Sciences Division of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology….

The second aspect related to another theory that holds that the general education level and access to information is crucial in determining the course of a country’s political development and that in countries with high illiteracy levels, democracy stood no chance. On almost every aspect of socio-economic development, China is better placed than India. Yet, India has had regular elections. [Full Text]


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