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When will China be free?

What will it take for China to end its human rights abuses? With the burgeoning youth of China becoming acutely aware of the oppressive nature of their government, how long do you think it will take them to change this, or convince the goverment to change? Will it be a revolution like Tunisia or Libya, if so would the U.S. aid the rebels? Will it happen in the next decade or continue to bubble beneath the surface?

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  • Nov 5 2011: Continued #6

    Freedom of Elections
    Just where do you think the officials come from anyways? They don’t live forever. Just because the presidents of China typically hold office for a long time (~10+ years) does not mean there is no fair process of election.
    There are two election systems in China. One is Western type election, One is “Corporate Ladder”.
    For some rural areas, the elections happen in villages and typically done by voice only (i.e. no official ballot). But since everyone knows everyone it’s OK. The elected official can then have a voice in the city hall of a bigger city (which actually governs the villages).
    The second source of government officials comes from fresh new people. Each year, the country holds a very stringent entrance test for young professionals. You must pass the test in order to become a government official. The process is very competitive and names are closed from the scorers so no bias (except some under-the-table deals of course). You must pass the entry test, then pass a competency test for the chosen field of government in order to officially be government employee.
    Then it becomes a Claim the “Ladder” game. You have to slowly work your way up even to President of China. In fact, the current President of China climbed up the same way as the previous president. No one is from a prestige or rich family (remember it’s only been 60 years since the founding, no family is that powerful yet, unlike the Regans, The Bushes etc.)
    What the westerners do not understand is that it’s NOT POSSIBLE for someone random to seek the office. There is NO such thing as career politician because there is no need for those. Everyone who’s in power today have worked their ass off to fend off the competition and achieve their status. It’s much MUCH fair than the Western election system. AND you are guaranteed that the governor of a province has 20+ years of experience managing the cities, government run businesses etc, so they know how to balance a budget

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