Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Maintaining Communist Rule In China

By Dan Blumenthal

Westerners should not be fooled by talk of the party's talk of democracy. This rhetoric means democracy of, for and by the party. Internal reform aims to make leadership succession and cadre selection more orderly. The people still have no say over who will lead them.

If the party congress is a success in Hu's eyes, what does it mean for the U.S.? When American policymakers agreed to allow China into the World Trade Organization, the great hope was that China's integration into the international economy would lead the Chinese inevitably down the road of political reform and liberalization. With similar values, the two countries would find more common ground and China's rise would be greeted with less suspicion in Washington.

Instead Beijing has grown richer and stronger, but is no less authoritarian. No longer driven by revolutionary ideology and closed to the world, the People's Republic of China is a resilient autocracy that has succeeded in growing its military power and economic influence and has exhibited a remarkable diplomatic agility...

Washington and Beijing, however, have sharply contrasting views of world order. America is outraged by Burmese atrocities and wants China to push for change. But why would a country itself so fearful of student protests and the free practice of Buddhism in Tibet care about students and monks in Burma? Full Article Link

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