Has China just crowned a new ​emperor​?

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  • Chairman Mao was a sadistic mass murderer, now this Chinese leader's "Thought" has been given the same status as Mao's which every Chinese citizen must abide by.


    With increasing clampdowns in Hong Kong and China's aggressive island building programme near neighbouring countries, there has never been a time when China has been more assertive on the world stage.


    At the communist meeting last week, normally there would have been some younger men who would be seen as the possible future contenders to take over the leadership role when Jinping steps down. There were no young men, they were all old.


    Does Jinping intend to stay in power indefinitely and does his new status mean he's the new Chinese emperor, albeit a communist one? What impact will this have for China and the world?

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  • Eventually, the youth will revolt. It's no use trying to cage that freedom dragon.

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  • Tiananmen: China rebukes Pompeo on 30th anniversary of protests

    China has rebuked US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for remarks he made on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protest.

    Mr Pompeo criticised China's human rights record and called for it to reveal how many died in the crackdown.

    A Chinese embassy spokesman in Washington DC said his comments were "an affront to the Chinese people".

    What's an affront to the Chinese people is that thirty years after the massacre, the Chinese people are no nearer to democracy than they were then. In fact, with Jinping having been crowned emperor in all but name, China seems as far as away as ever from democracy.


    Could something like the Tiananmen Square massacre happen again?

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  • They are going to have to get real about being the world's hottest economy and still clinging to communism. One will dominate eventually and democracy might get a chance. What kind it will be is their affair but they won't be like America and so neither America nor China should be at logger heads over this. The Chinese need to make their own decisions as to how they wish to progress from the past to the future, bearing in mind that the present is the pivot for this. They are very keen on their heritage so that's a plus but I think the peril lies in their becoming another America. No one should do this. The last thing the world needs is a great mass of drug taking, bottle blondes who can't acknowledge the simple facts of aging or growing up. :evil:

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  • I would like to be optimistic about this, but the Chinese communist party has now taught generations that the communist party and China are one and the same thing. Besides, there are millions of communist party members who are part of the party machine with very cosy jobs. THey won't given them up lightly.


    Since the massacre, instead of having progress on the democratic front, there is a more autocratic leader in position now, than there was thirty years ago. Doesn't bode well at all for any would be democratic movement.

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  • No it doesn't, which is why it would be a good idea to let things evolve on their own rather than to antagonise them. The people have got to want something from inside or there is just a vicious clampdown. You also have to be sure there is something to replace the system with if it fails. Because this is seldom the case revolution brings chaos and another regime. Idealists like to think you can just overthrow existing regimes overnight, but I have experience of the fact that you can't.

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