Could China See a 'Jasmine Revolution'?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Inspired by the protests in Tunisia and Egypt, Chinese demonstrators put out a call for protests over Chinese social media. Small gatherings popped up in Shanghai and Beijing. However, police shut down the protests quickly, and rounded up dissidents in the days prior to the scheduled protests. Some say these roundups show how worried the Chinese government is. Chris Hogg, reporter for the BBC, is in Shanghai.

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Chris Hogg

Comments [2]

Rose Petal from USA

There is a consensus within China between different factions (e.g., the Right, Old Left, and the New Left) that reform is the way to go, not a revolution. The political trust of the people in the central government is still strong enough for reform to be perceived as the most welcome option for the people.

History testifies that outside pressures for China to have a regime change did the opposite: It tipped the balance of the power struggle within the CCP to the favor of the hardliners. Outside pressures & wishful thinking gave ammunitions to the conservatives to struggle against the progressives. It slowed down the pace of China's progress toward political change. The 1989 Tiananmen Crackdown resulted in the ouster of Zhao Ziyang and strengthened the power of Li Peng. One small step forward, three giant steps backward, sigh!

A sensational title like "Jasmine Revolutions Come to China" can do a disservice to the people there. It is wise to weigh both the positive and negative impact of such thinking on the internal politics of China. For now, we are witnessing the backlash of greater Internet control and censorship in China because of all the talk about the "Jasmine Revolution."

Feb. 21 2011 03:52 PM
Janman from West

No. Revolution will likely has a better chance in U.S and U.K than China.

Feb. 21 2011 12:49 PM

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