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莫要一“习”障目

伦敦—最近几周,西方媒体评论员的注意力都集中在中共取消国家主席任期限制的决定上。这一决定让习近平能够无限期掌权。毫不奇怪,西方评论员对这条新闻的一般反应是失望,并对中国政治模式产生疑问。但令人惊奇的有人宣称中国违背了变得更加西方的含蓄承诺。

许多观察员认为中国将无可避免地拥抱西方式自由民主。但尽管我也对中共的最新决定略感吃惊,但我向来不认为简单化地解读现代中国具有合理性。

澄清:我并不是说非选举产生的强人领导要优于西方式民主。如果我认为习近平准备在未来20年中铁腕治国,我也会和其他许多评论员一样感到质疑。

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