July 15, 2009
China's Too Incompetent For World Leadership
John Lee, Foreign Policy
Just before the 2007 Chinese Communist Party Congress, Premier Wen Jiabao had sharp words for those agitating for internal political reform. In a much-quoted speech, he told a gathering of policymakers and intellectuals that China would not be ready for democracy for 100 years. Events over the past week suggest Wen was right, that China is not ready for democracy -- and that it might not be ready for leadership in the region, let alone the world, for perhaps as long.
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