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Opinion: 100 years on from the Xinhai Revolution

Opinion: 100 years on from the Xinhai Revolution | China Commentary | Scoop.it

Today is 1st October, the National Day of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). This year is also the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party, which in celebrations in July, was marked by a 90 minute speech by the Party’s General Secretary Hu JinTao.

Perhaps more significantly, this year is the 100th anniversary of the XinHai revolution, that had begun with the Wuchang uprising on 10 Oct and led to the abdication of the last Emperor of the Qing Dynasty.

Dr Sun Yat-Sen, hailed by all as the father of democracy in China, had not himself taken part directly in the uprising in 1911. He was travelling in the United States at the time, seeking financial support from overseas Chinese. Apparently he only found out about the uprising from reading a newspaper report.

However, were he to view developments in China today, I wonder if he would be proud of China’s achievements, or frustrated by the pace of change. How far have the Chinese people come in the last 100 years on the road to democracy?

DOSID's insight:

Opinion by  Merlene Emerson on Liberal Democratic Voice. Merlene Emerson is Chair, Chinese Liberal Democrats and a Liberal Democrat London Assembly Candidate. http://www.libdemvoice.org

 

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Opinion: A fresh look at China’s road to democracy – the way ahead

Opinion: A fresh look at China’s road to democracy – the way ahead | China Commentary | Scoop.it

Is China now on the road to democracy? My answer is “yes”.

I began to observe China’s democratic progress on 5 April 1989. Now, 23 years has past. China is still at the starting point. We know in modern democracy, people can decide their own lifestyle and enjoy their own freedom. How about democracy and people’s freedom in China today?

I personally think today the country has some form of “Chinese-style” democracy. We Chinese must grasp that democracy takes time to understand and apply in a different cultural setting. Actually in China today, Chinese people enjoy more basic freedoms. Elections have started in local villages and in most cities.

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