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In 2006, Chinese-American scholar Minxin Pei published a book called "China's Trapped Transition".China had achieved decades of growth, Pei pointed out, and yet had seen almost no moves toward openness.The historical case as to why China should be moving toward greater democracy is clear.Given China's level of economic, social and educational development, it is highly unusual that China, among Asian nations, has seen almost no movement toward political reform.The solution for China is obvious – political reform.In two interviews with me (the most recent was four years ago), Wen, premier of China from 2002 to 2012, insisted that political reform had to follow economic reform. But it never happened because reform threatens the party's monopoly of power.China will not become a Western-style liberal democracy. Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping famously visited Singapore in November 1978 and learned about Singapore's economic system before beginning reforms at home.
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