November 3, 2012

Autocratic Rule Is Over in China

Bernhard Zand, Der Spiegel

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The time of autocratic rule has passed for China's Communist Party. At one time it was understood that the people would obey, and everyone would get rich in return. But economic success will no longer suffice. Now the Chinese are demanding freedom and security too.

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