China’s leaders may be on the brink of redefining ‘democracy‘for the region. Photo: EPA China’s leaders may be on the brink of redefining ‘democracy‘for the region. Photo: EPA
China’s leaders may be on the brink of redefining ‘democracy‘for the region. Photo: EPA
Rana Mitter
Opinion

Opinion

Asian Angle by Rana Mitter

The mystery of China’s eagerness to own the term ‘democracy’

Once seemingly on the path towards liberalisation, China is now in position to redefine the term for the region, taking ownership and reshaping the term in its own, more authoritarian image

China’s leaders may be on the brink of redefining ‘democracy‘for the region. Photo: EPA China’s leaders may be on the brink of redefining ‘democracy‘for the region. Photo: EPA
China’s leaders may be on the brink of redefining ‘democracy‘for the region. Photo: EPA
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Rana Mitter

Rana Mitter

Rana Mitter is Director of the University China Centre at the University of Oxford and author of A Bitter Revolution: China’s Struggle with the Modern World and China’s War with Japan, 1937-45: The Struggle for Survival