The Dragon’s metamorphosis – David Gosset

From Asia Times:

Used to widespread Western on China’s human-rights record, lack of religious freedom, and Han chauvinism, and the inaccurate view that China’s ruling party is a monolithic entity obsessed exclusively with maintaining an unfair status quo, some fail to acknowledge the extent of ’s social pluralism and political opening-up.

In fact, the level of individual freedom enjoyed today by Chinese citizens has no equivalent in China’s past. ’s elites are gradually political adjustments, and a process of managed democratization is reinforcing China’s economic re-emergence and will ensure the renaissance of the Chinese world. To understand current socio-political dynamics, one has to remember the long and tortuous post-imperial and post-colonial transition, to reflect on Chinese traditional values and their links with modernity, and to discuss some of the factors that will determine the nature of China’s future . [Full Text]

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