Gaug­ing the fu­ture of China . . . 28

The Washington Times Weekly - - Page Two -

What if the pre­vail­ing Wash­ing­ton be­lief that China can­not be both rich and au­thor­i­tar­ian is wrong? What if those who in­sist that the West’s eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence con­sti­tutes uni­ver­sal truth have been merely la­bor­ing un­der an eth­no­cen­tric delu­sion? The lead­ers of the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party, heir to a gov­ern­ing tra­di­tion of the mailed fist and hob­nailed boot, clearly be­lieve they can have a wealthy and pow­er­ful coun­try with­out ced­ing power to the peo­ple. And why shouldn’t they? They have presided over a “so­cial­ist mar­ket econ­omy” that has ex­pe­ri­enced ex­plo­sive eco­nomic growth, all the while keep­ing the “door to free­dom” her­alded by Pres­i­dent Bush locked and heav­ily guarded.

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