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The D-word rises again


Democracy has been a dirty word in China since the imposition of martial law in Tiananmen Square in 1989, but it has lately been seeping back into the lexicon of the chattering classes, even in public. Perhaps more surprising, however, has been the advocacy of democracy by a few senior voices, such as the former editor of the People's Daily and the former Vice-President of Renmin University. After all, 2007 is a big political year - the Party Congress in the autumn is likely to...

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