October 6th, 2014
04:30 PM ET

What Hong Kong protests say about China's future

By Fareed Zakaria

The solution for China is obvious – political reform. This has been seen and advocated by many senior leaders within the party, including Wen Jiabao. In two interviews with me, Wen, premier of China from 2002 to 2012, insisted that political reform had to follow economic reform. But it never happened because reform threatens the party's monopoly of power.

China will not become a Western-style liberal democracy. But it should consider the example of Singapore, a city-state with a strong one party system but one that also has legal opposition parties, reasonably free elections, and real independent courts.

Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping famously visited Singapore in November 1978 and learned about Singapore's free market economic system before beginning reforms at home. President Xi Jinping would do well to take a similar trip to that city state pretty soon.

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  1. Cheene Hindoo Bhai Bhai

    Hey @chrissy is @Joey hiding under your bed? Eating tapas. LOL

    October 7, 2014 at 7:26 pm |
  2. chri§§y

    Wth are Tapas? And i bet ive got more nads than you since i dont hide behind a dozen different names, none of which are mine, to say what i have to say! Cmon down we will see who has more you spineless, foulmouth pig of a man!

    October 7, 2014 at 10:06 pm |
  3. chri§§y

    Was that "communicated su ccinctly" enough for you?

    October 7, 2014 at 10:09 pm |
    • Ajay

      No. It will be s uccint when someone shived his d ik up your a zz

      October 8, 2014 at 3:58 am |
  4. Ajay

    Quit posting c rappe under numerous names. Go complete your GED

    October 8, 2014 at 4:00 am |
  5. chri§§y

    @ Joey and??

    October 8, 2014 at 9:18 am |
  6. Marine5484

    I wonder if the C.I.A. isn't behind these demonstrations. In this day and age, one never knows. Never put anything past the C.I.A.!

    October 8, 2014 at 9:51 am |
  7. chri§§y

    Very true @ Marine5484...they do have a long history of being unethical dont they.

    October 8, 2014 at 10:35 am |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Thank you, chrissy. I was about to say the same thing.

      October 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm |
  8. chri§§y


    October 8, 2014 at 12:45 pm |
  9. Ω

    "I had this hindu guy from Chennai in India as my boyfriend for a few months. He used to raype his sister 6 years old several times a week. He told me that his holy book Ramayana encouraged such. So I discussed with the local police who arrested him later. He is now in jail. Ironically he is in same jail as another Indian guy Rajat Gupta. Seems we will need to build another jail just for people from India." This comment from someone really upset me. How can we tolerate such cultures.

    October 8, 2014 at 1:31 pm |
  10. chri§§y

    We dont care to hear your fantasys ok ya sick b@st@rd!

    October 8, 2014 at 2:43 pm |
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