Li Xiaorong

Myth and Mistake of the “Chinese Model:” Promoting Social, Economic, Cultural Rights at the Expense of Civil-Political Rights?

At the conference “China: European and American Democracies Face the Challenge,” held on February 24 – 25, 2005, in Prague, Czech Republic (organized by the Czech Civic Center and the Project for New American Century), this author argues that “China’s economic growth has not been translated into meaningful protection of each and every Chinese citizens’ […]

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Pepe Escobar: The emperor’s new clothes

In this report in the Asian Times, Pepe Escobar wrote, since coming to office, “Hu has wholly asserted his authority over the third generation’s Jiang Zemin (former party chief, president and military commander) in the Politburo Standing Committee (although five of the nine men in dark suits are Jiang’s allies). Hu has ordered a crackdown […]

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Isabel Hilton: Farewell to a righteous official

In an article in the Guardian, Isabel Hilton observes: “It is difficult to pull off the modernisation of a society as complex as China’s without relaxing authoritarian controls… Beijing routinely suppresses news of civic protest, fearful that strikes and demonstrations might coalesce into something more organised. They feared that Zhao Ziyang’s death might galvanise just […]

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