China has a long way to go

The Empire is still far, far away: Guy Sorman has a scalding piece on the mirage that is modern China:

The Party’s primary concern is not improving the lives of the downtrodden; it seeks power more than it seeks social development. It expends extraordinary energy in suppressing Chinese freedoms—the media operate under suffocating censorship, and political opposition can result in expulsion or prison—even as it tries to seduce the West, which has conferred greater legitimacy on it than do the Chinese themselves.

China has still a long way to go, but its influence and power are undeniable. The City Journal is published by a conservative, free-market think thank, The Manhattan Institute (and from Sourcewatch), so you might want to adjust the tone of the article a couple of levels.

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