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Moscow Expects Smooth Transition of Power in Beijing
By Rajiv Tiwari, IPS, 17 February 1995. Convinced there will be no political or economic upheavals in China in the post-Deng Xiaoping period and predict a smooth takeover of power by chairman Jiang Zemin. Deng's course of economic liberalisation and one-party rule will be followed. The PLA has become one of China's strongest bulwarks of reform with an extensive array of enterprises and businesses run by generals.
Modernisation requires political reform progress
From Xinhua news agency, Hong Kong Standard, 13 September 1997. Mr. Jiang, Chairman of the CPP, states that progress requires both the rule of law and socialist democracy.
Jiang Zemin Visit
The Human Rights Information Network, 5 November 1997. A collection of pieces arising from Jiang Zemin's interviews with U.S. news organizations: a) Chinese leader defends record on human rights, AP, 20 October; b) Excerpts of an interview with Jiang Zemin, The The Washington Post, 19 October 1997; c) JIANG Zemin: A brief profile.
Liu Ji on Government Transparency
Shanxi Fazhan Daobao, summarized in Meizhou Wenzhai, a weekly digest published by the Fujian Daily News [Fujian Ribao], 8 September 1998. Liu Ji, VP of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, says that Chinese farmers now enjoy far more democratic rights than urban people, but in the city as well there are encouraging trends.
Power Shift in China: Opponents of Reform Gain a Major Victory
STRATFOR.COM Weekly Global Intelligence Update, 13 March 2000. Traditional leaders of the Communist Party are dramatically gaining the upper hand against pro-Western economic reformers. The government has executed the highest-ranking official in decades, a top official in an economically significant province. And an old face–Li Peng–has returned to power. If these victories hold, there will be a sharp reversal of China's economic and foreign policies.
PLA committed to economy
By Francesco Sisci, The Straits Times, 21 October 2000. The country's latest five-year economic blueprint is a necessary tool to protect national sovereignty and Chinese independence. China faces serious challenges in the international arena and its most radical and stronger countermeasure to these challenges is to accelerate its pace of development and increase its national strength.
Communist Party Internal Report Reveals Spread of Unrest
China News Daily, 4 June 2001. A top party research group describes the situation of China as tense, with conflicts on the rise as a result of collective protests and group incidents arising from economic, ethnic and religious conflicts. Entry into the World Trade Organization may bring growing dangers and pressures, increased group incidents that harm social stability and disturb the smooth implementation of reform.