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“In defence of how China picks its leaders” by Daniel Bell and Eric Li

November 14th, 2012 6 comments

Following is an Op-Ed jointly written by Daniel Bell and Eric Li which recently appeared in Financial Times.

IN DEFENCE OF HOW CHINA PICKS ITS LEADERS

By Daniel Bell and Eric Li

The coverage in the western media of leadership changes at the Chinese Communist party’s 18th congress has been almost uniformly negative. Critics say corruption pervades the upper echelons of the party, policy issues are not publicly discussed and the Chinese people are completely left out of the process.

There is some truth to such criticisms but they miss the big picture. The Chinese political system has undergone a significant change over the past three decades and it comes close to the best formula for governing a large country: meritocracy at the top, democracy at the bottom, with room for experimentation in between.
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