CNN’s Fareed Zakaria weighs in to China’s democracy debate in the wake of arguably China’s first openly democratic elections. Will ground-up calls for democracy spread?
His two cents?
‘Change in today’s China is rarely bottom-up and sweeping in nature. If there’s going to be change, for now it’s going be incremental and it will come from the top down.’ *Click on source link below to check out the video*
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Zakaria: Democracy in China?
By Fareed Zakaria
Source – CNN, published March 12, 2012
You rarely hear the words “China” and “election” in the same breath. Unlike the U.S., France, or Egypt – all of which do have elections coming up – China has a “leadership transition” this year. This is a planned event where handpicked individuals are promoted up.
But there were real elections in China last week – of the people and by the people. There was a democratic vote with real ballots, real candidates, and real, clean results.
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