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China's Experiment with Democracy

ChinaFile | Posted 07.28.2014 | World

If we compare electoral competitive democracy with deliberative democracy, the former undermines one-party domination, so the [Chinese Communist] Party is afraid of it. But deliberative democracy lets people add their voices to concrete policies, which makes government more responsible and accountable, without challenging the CCP. That is one of the fundamental reasons the 18th Party Congress emphasized that deliberative democracy is important for China. It involves people in the decision making process but does not change the power structure.

Helmut Schmidt: 'I Would Not Sell Democracy To The Chinese' -- Part I | Wang Hui | Posted 04.01.2014 | World

Recently, the Chinese scholar Wang Hui sat down for a conversation with Helmut Schmidt, Germany’s elder statesman, in Hamburg. Until 2007, Wa...

In China, Democracy Must Begin on the Factory Floor

Han Dongfang | Posted 04.13.2014 | World
Han Dongfang

It is the turn of Xi Jinping and his senior party colleagues to join the workers in making sure that China does indeed get a real trade union. For the sake of China's workers, for the sake of the Chinese economy, and for the sake of their own legitimacy, we believe that China's leaders will do just that.

Head Of China's Legislature Rejects Western Democracy

AP | Posted 05.08.2013 | World

BEIJING — The outgoing head of China's legislature praised it Friday for upholding the ruling Communist Party's leading role and for rejecting W...

From Renaissance to Renaissance

Eric X. Li | Posted 02.05.2013 | World
Eric X. Li

As the West led the world in what has been propagated as inexorable progress towards the universal ideal, those early voices of the Renaissance were silenced. Perhaps the contemporary renaissance in the East could serve to reawaken the West.

Half Of China Likes U.S. Democracy Ideas

AP | LOUISE WATT | Posted 12.16.2012 | World

BEIJING — People in China are increasingly worried about corruption, inequality and food safety, according to a survey that also found that abou...

Political Meritocracy Is a Good Thing (Part 1): The Case of China

Daniel A. Bell | Posted 10.21.2012 | World
Daniel A. Bell

Political meritocracy is a key theme in the history of Chinese political culture. For Confucius, political meritocracy starts from the assumption that everybody should be educated.

Hong Kong Rally For Democracy Draws Thousands

AP | By KELVIN CHAN | Posted 07.01.2012 | World

HONG KONG -- A pro-democracy heckler interrupted a speech by Chinese President Hu Jintao at the swearing-in of Hong Kong's new leader Sunday and tens ...

China Admits 'A Long Way To Go' On Citizens' Human Rights

Posted 09.12.2011 | World

BEIJING (Reuters) - China still has "a long way to go" before its citizens can enjoy full human rights, a senior Chinese official said in a rare a...

The Rise of Naoto Kan: Japan's Lesson for China

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nathan Gardels

Japan is demonstrating to the rest of East Asia today just how hard it is to change once the course has been set by an unchallenged bureaucratic elite.

Liu Xiaobo Arrested In China

AP | ALEXA OLESEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIJING — A well-known Chinese dissident who co-authored a bold political manifesto calling for greater freedom and an end to one-party rule has...

China: Western-Style Democracy Not For Us

AP | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIJING — The head of China's rubber-stamp parliament cited Western democracy no less than nine times in a speech Monday _ to illustrate what th...

Charter 08: Chinese Activists Question Effectiveness Of Popular Democracy Charter

Huffington Post Contributor | Joel Schectman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Jiang Qisheng was among the first to sign the pro-democracy manifesto -- which calls for a radical departure from China's current one party system. In...