The cover of deposed Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang’s memoirs, released in Hong Kong in May 2009, ahead of the 20th anniversary of the June 4 Tiananmen Square crackdown, which he opposed. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
James A. Dorn
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James A. Dorn

Why China at 70 needs to listen to the voices of those it silenced

  • As it marks seven decades of nationhood, China under Xi Jinping must recall how the lack of a free flow in goods and ideas hurt development in the Mao era
  • This is also a good time to remember those such as purged leader Zhao Ziyang, who recognised the need for political and economic reform

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The cover of deposed Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang’s memoirs, released in Hong Kong in May 2009, ahead of the 20th anniversary of the June 4 Tiananmen Square crackdown, which he opposed. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
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Illustration: Craig Stephens
Phil C. W. Chan
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Phil C. W. Chan

For its 70th National Day, a strong China can afford to grant Hong Kong protesters’ wishes

  • Are flag-waving, anthem-singing patriots or underperforming officials what China needs? Beijing should consider fostering genuine patriotism in Hong Kong under ‘one country, two systems’, by responding to Hongkongers’ needs

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Illustration: Craig Stephens
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