US interference in sea disputes strengthens power of China’s reformistsPosted: June 3, 2014
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (L) talks with Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera as they wait for South Korea’s Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin to arrive to begin their meeting in Singapore May 31, 2014
In my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” (its expanded second edition will soon be released with heavy discount for two weeks in memory of the Tiananmen Protests), I said that when the major reformist Zhao Ziyang fell into disgrace due to the Tiananmen Protests, reform seemed doomed. Deng Xiaoping had to reinvigorate the reform by his Southern Tour.
What if Deng had passed away?
Jiang Zemin, a true reformist, had to pretend to be conservative, as he had no powerbase at that time to carry on Deng’s reform.
The fear created by the Tiananmen Protests throughout the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) greatly helped Jiang to carry on the reform.
However, to be a real leader…
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