November 11, 2012

To Survive, China's New Leaders Must Loosen Grip

Toronto Star, Toronto Star

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If China’s anxious elite wants to bolster its legitimacy, one approach would be to gradually open up the political process by encouraging truly independent candidates to stand for people’s congresses, and by allowing direct election of leaders in cities and towns. Non-party members should be allowed to hold official positions. And the party should be subject to the rule of law. It’s a faint hope, to be sure. But hope springs eternal, in China as elsewhere.

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