Saturday, May 31, 2008

Post-quake Glasnost in China

"Involved citizens bring demands for change from below, rather than waiting for it to be delivered to them. Could this be China's future?" For the Chinese people and the rest of us, let's hope so. Even if it's a cynical ploy to appear open prior to the Olympics, it's very hard to put that genie back in the bottle, as the Soviet Union learned (ironically enough) after the 1988 Yerevan earthquake. IF IT'S GOOD FOR THE CHINESE PEOPLE, IT'S BAD FOR THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT - EVEN IF THEY HAVEN'T REALIZED IT.

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