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Brittney Stewart

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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 #7

    Finally, the central government is not ruled by one person, but by a state council of over 100 people (think US Congress) as well as a Permanent Council of ~20 people (think US Senate). Normal day to day operations are decided by Permanent Council members (mostly are seasoned governors, Department heads etc.). The 100+ “Congressmen” typically hold office in their own province, and only get together once a year or on emergency basis to make large decisions for the country, such as the “Five-Year” plans. In fact, some of these “Congressmen” used to be workers, bus drivers, cleaners etc, but have demonstrated their ability to lead and moved up the ladder to where they are now. They are some of the most respected characters in the country and some are legends.
    Each Province, Each City also has their own annual meetings of their “Provincial Congress” or “City Council”. Same principle applies. Average citizens are allowed in City Council meetings. (Not sure about the others but they are all televised, i.e. open to public).
    So No, you CANNOT hope to change the government in one day, like those in western countries, or for a long time. But the system is certainly most fair and modeled after corporate systems. You CAN actually influence your local “Congressmen” and voice your opinions directly or through peaceful protests. But most likely, because the officials are sooo seasoned and competent you do not need to do that.

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