DEMOCRATISING CHINA: HU, WEN AND HOW

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On the Chinese President’s speech in Canberra “[Gorbachev]’s got it backwards. He opened up the political system without a clue about the economy. The result is chaos. I did it the other way around, starting in agriculture and small businesses, where opening up worked, so now I have a demand for more of what succeeds. [Political opening] will come later and will start small, just as in the economy. You have to be patient but you have to get the sequence right.” Deng Xiaoping to George Shultz, July 1988 “In China today we need to restrict the powers of the state…

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