China Tests New Political Model in Shenzhen
Posted by Author on October 18, 2010
Wall Street Journal, Oct. 18, 2010 –
SHENZHEN, China— An experiment with political reform in Shenzhen, the city where China pioneered its economic opening, sheds light on an ideological debate playing out within the Communist Party as it holds an annual meeting in Beijing that will help to chart China’s political future.
In this former fishing village adjacent to Hong Kong, the party that has maintained an absolute monopoly on government since 1949 is taking small but significant steps to cede responsibility for social problems to independent civic organizations.
After more than six decades of stifling dissent—sometimes by force—the party is also using Shenzhen to test ways of strengthening public oversight of local government to root out corruption that the party itself admits has become the greatest threat to its grip on power.
It is a far cry from Western-style multiparty democracy, but this experiment—branded “small government, big society”—is seen by some leaders as a way to forge a new political model that maintains authoritarian rule while responding to the needs of an increasingly complex society……(more details from Wall Street Journal)
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