Неизбежность китайской демократии

Пятнадцать лет назад Фан Хунин выразил протест на площади Тяньанмэнь. Несколько лет назад в Пекине он руководил одним из самых популярных теле шоу Китая, каждую неделю проверяя пределы терпимости властей. В настоящее время он руководит Dragon TV, ведущей станцией Шанхая, и рекламные объявления с его изображениями свисают с небоскребов города.

Ху Шули принадлежит к тому же поколению: журналистка, которую журнал the Economist называет "самой опасной женщиной Китая", ушла со своей первой работы в Партийной прессе на должность редактора Caijng , делового журнала, который печатает статьи о коррупции, разоблачая бизнесменов и общественных чиновников.

Однако, было бы ошибкой интерпретировать эти эксперименты со свободной прессой как признаки того, что демократия в Китае находится поблизости. Партия позволяет Caijng разоблачать коррупцию, потому что это помогает ей остановить самую серьезную болезнь Китая. "Первое гражданское право - это выход из бедности," - говорит Юнту Лун, один из участников переговоров Китая с ВТО. "Через 15 лет мы выведем 200 миллионов людей из бедности; 700 миллионов китайцев в настоящее время имеют доступ к электричеству, что было неизвестной роскошью 15 лет назад. Вот почему наш приоритет - это рост: все остальное, честно говоря, не так важно".

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