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  • Shaun Tan Writer based in Hong Kong

    Jun 30 , 2017

    The message congressional Republicans took from the 2016 elections was that Republican voters like Trump and hate virtually everyone else in the Republican Party. They fear that if they ever break rank with him they’ll be voted out in the next election. Few politicians got very far by blaming the electorate or scolding them for their bad choices.

  • He Yafei Former Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Jan 16 , 2017

    It would be unfortunate if the US, as the leading power of globalization, views the changing political and economic landscape as undermining its long-held domination of the world and therefore begins to force changes in the course of globalization. The result would be chaos, and instability for all nations whether or not liberal democracy survives the process.

  • Brahma Chellaney Professor, Center for Policy Research

    Oct 06 , 2016

    The strong tides of anti-establishment anger have shaken politics to its core in a number of Western democracies, as symbolized by the British vote to leave the European Union and the rise of Donald Trump in the United States. Authoritarian capitalism, on the other hand, usually pretends to be meritocracy offering competent governance and economic opportunity for all. In reality, it entrenches corrupt oligarchies that are answerable to no one and that employ ultra-nationalism as the legitimating credo of their monopoly on power.

  • Joseph S. Nye Professor, Harvard University

    Oct 26 , 2016

    In many Western democracies, this is a year of revolt against elites. The success of the Brexit campaign in Britain, Donald Trump’s unexpected capture of the Republican Party in the United States, and populist parties’ success in Germany and elsewhere strike many as heralding the end of an era.

  • Ding Yifan Deputy Director, China Development Research Center

    Sep 19 , 2016

    “Democracy” hasn’t always meant free elections, and it’s never meant nivana. China must cherish its traditional political wisdom and governance framework, and gradually improve its political institutions, in order to render them more appropriate to China's modernization. History tells us that blindly copying Western democracies is a path to disaster.

  • Zhang Zhixin Chief of American Political Studies, CICIR

    Sep 14 , 2016

    Whether Trump wins the election or not, we are seeing the failure of the U.S. democracy. Even if Meanwhile, Trump forced the Americans to face the inconvenient truth of their democracy and the dark side of the American society. The discrimination against the minority groups, the disparity between the rich and the poor and the money politics will not disappear just because the mainstream chooses to ignore them.

  • He Yafei Former Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Aug 15 , 2016

    American democracy boasts of universal representation of social segments, but in reality it is money that talks. Neither the Republican Party nor the Democrats can claim that to have served the interests of the working class well, resulting in a crisis of political institutions that need major surgery to survive.

  • Eric Li Venture Capitalist

    Aug 13 , 2013

    Eric Li challenges Western assumptions about competing political systems. He writes that China's political model will never supplant electoral democracy, because unlike the latter, it doesn't pretend to be universal and cannot be exported. The significance of China's example is not that it provides an alternative, but the demonstration that alternatives exist.

  • Yu Keping Deputy Director, CPCCC Compilation and Translation Bureau

    Jul 22 , 2013

    Deepening political reform and promoting democracy and rule of law in real earnest is precisely what China needs right now if we want our country to enjoy lasting social stability and our people to reap the benefit of democracy, writes Yu Keping.

  • Daniel Bell Chair Professor, Schwarzman Scholars program, Tsinghua University

    Jan 23 , 2013

    In an analysis of China’s political system, Daniel Bell deconstructs competing arguments and suggests that reform should be inspired by democracy at the bottom, meritocracy at the top, with room for experimentation in between.

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