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China Beyond Coronavirus
How Not to Democratize China

A new book by Ci Jiwei argues that the Communist Party must lead China’s transition to democracy from the top down. But such a process would be a contradiction in terms—and would result in no democracy at all.

Appeared in: Volume 15, Number 6 | Published on: March 26, 2020
Steven I. Levine is Senior Fellow at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana, and author of Anvil of Victory: The Communist Revolution in Manchuria, 1945-1948, co-author with Michael H. Hunt of Arc of Empire: America’s Wars in Asia from the Philippines to Vietnam, and editor and translator from Chinese and Russian of books on Chinese and Russian history and politics.
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