Sunday, October 09, 2005

Propects for a democratic China

The debate continues as to whether China's economic reforms will impel her towards democracy or whether her received Middle Kingdom complex will push her in the direction of national socialism. (see my review of Bruce Gilley's book - "China’s Democratic Future How It Will Happen and Where It Will Lead?" Columbia University Press, NY 2004). Certainly her bureaucratic culture is distant from any sense of equality, which is a general requisite for democratic functioning. This attitude transfers to foreign relations as well, and India has had two recent examples of a kind of imperialist arrogance: once when China's Mumbai Consul-General flouted all norms of diplomatic courtesy by publicly reprimanding India's Defence Minister for describing China's 1962 trans-Himalayan adventure as an 'invasion' instead of a defensive measure, which earned a rebuke from the MEA. China's Deputy Consul-General not to be outdone demanded the cancellation of a scheduled public meeting at a college because the speaker Tibetan monk-scholar Ven. Geshe Lhakdor was known to be close to the Dalai Lama, who is accused of using India as a base for anti-China activities. The organisers responded by reading the bureaucrat some elementary lessons in democratic processes.


Blogger Toby said...

Dear author,
China never comes democracy unless one day the CCP is willing to give up its dominating role. After two decades, the CCP seems to have not given up the control over society, if you look at social organizations in the PRC. At least, organized associations of the private business can't constitute a real autonomy from the party-state.

October 12, 2005 9:09 PM  

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