Includes THIRD PLENUM! Much of Western writing about China starts with a smug assumption that Western ways are superior and that China’s progress can be measured by the extent to which it imitates them. This book makes no such assumption. It chronicles the emergence of Western democracy and its rather short history of universal suffrage and then goes on to portray the intra-party democracy that has arisen in China and appears to be working well there. The proposed chair of the Federal Reserve Board described the bank’s rule by committee thus: its greatest strength rests in its capacity to approach important decisions with expertise and objectivity, to vigorously debate diverse views, and then to unite behind its response. These words would also serve as a good description of China’s cabinet - the Politburo Standing Committee.
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Chantelle Yeung went to primary school in Hong Kong carrying her copy of Mao’s Little Red Book. She later completed her education, carrying much heavier tomes by Kant and Popper, at the University of Western Ontario. She is thus well informed about the philosophies found on both sides of the Pacific. She provided much of the information in this book and much insight into current events in China and the importance of its long history. She also gave us invaluable access to the huge amount of material available on the internet in Chinese. Keith Beech is one of the disappearing species whose education was grounded in Greek, Latin and the ideas of classical Europe. In later life he experienced the Wind of Change blowing through Africa and observed the planting of Western Democracy in infertile soils in many countries. The results do not suggest that it is a panacea.