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Creating a Harmonious Society

Chinks in the Armour of Hu Jintao Administration: Can a Harmonious Society Emerge in the Absence of Political Reform?

Willy Wo-Lap Lam

Abstract

The leitmotif of the much-anticipated Seventeenth CCP Congress in October 2007 was how to give substance to the goal of “constructing a harmonious society.” However, the Hu-Wen leadership’s refusal to undertake real political reforms, especially sharing power with “disadvantaged” socio-economic groupings, has exacerbated differences across disparate classes and sectors. This article argues that “harmony” can hardly be attained while the Party— which is in cahoots with monopolistic business groups—refuses to yield the tight grip it has on power and its ironclad control over the nation’s resources.

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Willy Wo-Lap Lam, « Chinks in the Armour of Hu Jintao Administration: Can a Harmonious Society Emerge in the Absence of Political Reform? », China Perspectives [Online], 2007/3 | 2007, Online since 01 September 2010, connection on 24 March 2017. URL : http://chinaperspectives.revues.org/1963

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