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Liu Xiaobo 2005 Translation by HRIC, based on a translation by Wen Huang. A nation is composed of its people. People are the mainstay of a nation; they are also the source of national sovereignty and the owners of national interests. In a rational political system, the political power is conferred...
Liu Xiaobo 2006 Translation by HRIC, based on a translation by Paul Frank. Although the CPC regime of the post-Mao era is still a dictatorship, it is no longer fanatical, but rather, a rational dictatorship that has become increasingly adept at calculating [its] interests. Particularly after the...
Liu Xiaobo 2006 Translation by HRIC. On October 19, 2005, the Information Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China released the white paper, “Building Democratic Politics in China.” Although this was the first white paper on democracy building issued by the Communist government...
December 9, 2008 Translation by HRIC I. Preamble This year marks 100 years since China’s [first] Constitution, 1 the 60th anniversary of the promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights , the 30th anniversary of the birth of the Democracy Wall, and the 10th year since the Chinese...
Gao Wenqian In spring 1989, Gao Wenqian was a historian in the document research center of the Chinese Communist Party. The protests and the government crackdown on June 3-4 that he witnessed were life- and career-changing for him. He resolved to tell the world the truth about the Communist Party...
Correction: In 2003, HRIC erroneously reported that Jin Haike, Xu Wei, Yang Zili and Zhang Honghai were charged with “inciting subversion of state power.” The actual charge was “subversion of state power.” The correction has been made in this press release. Jin Haike, Xu Wei, Yang Zili and Zhang...
Democracy or nationalism? The anti-Western nationalism fanned by the Chinese authorities as a way of uniting the country at a time of difficult economic and social changes will not help to resolve social conflicts in the long run, argues Carl Gershman .
The China Democracy Party (CDP), which made waves two years ago, has now been effectively crushed, writes Jan van der Made . This article examines the genesis, the suppression and the fall of the CDP.
Experiments in governance Many claims are made about the potential impact on China’s democratization of the election of village committees there. Cynics assert that these elections are nothing but show. Anne F. Thurston looks at the reality on the ground, including how village committees fit into...
The village committee, first introduced shortly after the communes began collapsing in the late 1970s, is only one of several organizations governing political life at the village level. The village assembly, the village representative assembly and the local branch of the Chinese Communist Party (...

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