POL101Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Hundred Flowers Campaign, Wen Jiabao, Liberal Democracy

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China is a significant hold out on the end of history theory. China eludes end of history theory and the inevitability of democracy. China has began to gain appeal due to it"s economic growth and the decline of the united states. European union is also being compared to china. Democratic path showing itself to be morally, institutionally, and financially bankrupt. Due to that, the chinese want political reform, but not democracy. The people"s wishes for and needs for democracy and freedom are irresistible premier wen jia-bao, interview with cnn, september 23, China is currently going through a leadership transition. There is a rise of collective protests occurring in china. The idea of liberal democracy is not foreign to china. There have been moments of potential democratic break through. China was at war with england, the opium war. China lost the war and gave up lots of its land to british control. They also had to pay war reparations.

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