This autumn, China’s 18th Communist Party congress will be selecting its next general secretary. After 30 years of breakneck economic growth, a new transition of power may prove to be a difficult test for the Chinese government. Crucially, Chinese citizens are gaining progressive awareness of their rights and of their own power. For instance, if it weren’t for China’s pronounced streak of initiative and entrepreneurship, the economy would never have expanded so rapidly. People are beginning to realise that they have more influence than they previously reckoned, and that they have a right to demand a higher level of involvement in politics. This includes the right to share individual views on how the country should be run, a privilege rarely associated with China. How likely is it that Chinese citizens will be granted a higher level of autonomy and political freedom after the implementation of new leaders?

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  1. merlin says:

    Deng Xiaoping’s opening of the country might have been the spark.

    Stll, having another US (with a population of 6 billion) might not be the brightest idea anyone’s ever had. We can hope by that time we will have colonized the moon and Mars.

    It’s funny how quick we in the US are to judge others when we are still living in an illusion.

    Do the Chinese want to be brainwashed by countless commercials to vote for a candidate?
    Do they want a better education system? Go ahead, take our university teachers that charge an arm and a leg for their knowledge. It’d be a big weight off my shoulders.
    Do they want to live like caged animals in a 9-5 job? TAKE MINE!!! Min wage! Good luck trying to pay off the car loan, and dont forget when you graduate the university is going to come knocking on your door with a shovel and a pre-dug hole in your front yard.
    Do they want to buy a house? Hey! They’re in luck, the housing market is at a low. The more that buy, the better the city looks and the less gangs wll use foreclosed property as their hideaway.

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