China's Risky Reforms
By Johan Lagerkvist
Now Xi plans to rebalance the economy while keeping tight control over society. It thus looks unlikely that he will usher in more inclusive politics at a later stage; the Third Plenum effectively erased any remaining hopes that he might undertake meaningful political reforms. As his hardball diplomacy with Japan and the Philippines suggests, Xi’s politics are of a bolder breed than that of his meeker predecessors, Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin. Yet that style may come back to haunt him: His neo-authoritarianism is severely out of step with the social and technological transformations that are sweeping China today.
Economic v. Political reforms in China since Tiananmen: Foreign Policy cautions China on proposed economic reforms
Foreign Policy published an article on Wednesday that speculates about the temperament and predisposition toward political authoritarianism of China's new Standing Committee, particularly Xi Jinping. The article reaches the broad conclusion that since 1989, when Deng Xiaoping crushed the student pro-democracy movement, China's leadership has adopted authoritarianism in the political realm, while liberalizing the economy in the hopes that continued rapid economic development will quell civil unrest.
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