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Truths and Half Truths by Haitian Lu, Ferdinand Gul

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Political reform, civil society, media, and international relations

Abstract:

There is no doubt that China’s reform in the political arena lags far behind its economic reforms. Despite this, dynamic economic and societal transformations in China since 1979 have left their mark on the political sphere and have driven revolutionary changes in the country’s ideology, Party structure, and governing style. This chapter first reviews the major political reforms that have taken place during the Deng (Xiaoping), Jiang (Zemin), and Hu (Jintao) regimes respectively. It goes on to discuss the development of civil societies, with an emphasis on Chinese intellectuals and the emerging middle class, and the media in China and its role in balancing the power ...

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