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China’s Rocky Political Transition

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In Chinese, the words for power (“quan”) and money (“qian”) sound alike and are colliding more and more as democracy and capitalism seep through the cracks in the hard-line party politics of China. One of the leading scholars on contemporary politics in China, Bruce Gilley weighs in on recent developments - including the scandals around Bo Xilai, blind dissident Chen Guangcheng, and Ai Weiwei; China’s currency manipulation; an impending labor crisis; and charges that China’s political model is simply running out of steam. Could encroaching capitalism and pressures for more democratization mean a kinder, softer China? Are all these recent events indicative of a larger wave that is rewriting China’s political rules?



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