Monday, March 21, 2011

Chinese Democracy

Nitin Pai has a nice piece in today’s BS exploring the possibility of China becoming a democracy, but it seems to be unlikely to change its attitude towards India even it become. Remember that in this blog I have posted in this January what Prof Kishore Mahbubani said in his address in New Delhi that Chinese Government is studying the democratic models around the world.

He writes: 
  • It is harder for democracies to doggedly pursue the quest for power. As we know too well, there is often a disconnect between what is popular and what is necessary. Democracies are left with the complex, time-consuming task of reconciling this difference, often at the cost of losing opportunities to maximise national power. Authoritarian states, on the other hand, are less inhibited.

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