The approach of the Chinese Communist Party’s seventeenth national congress is being accompanied by a war of words in print over the right to talk about reform.
In February 2007, the Beijing-based Yanhuang Chungju (Chinese Chronicles) magazine – a journal largely dedicated to researching and revealing historical truths – published a long essay entitled “The Democratic Socialist Model and China’s Future“. The core argument of the essay was in this passage:
“Political reform cannot be delayed any longer. Seeking to retain the Maoist political system whilst pursuing only economic reform will lead to a bureaucratic capitalism of the kind presided over by Chiang Kai-shek and the nationalists (Guomindang, or Kuomintang), as they headed towards defeat. Only democratic constitutionalism can provide fundamental solutions to the Party’s corruption problem. Only democratic socialism can save China.” [Full Text]
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