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Has the Bell Begun to Toll for China?

Zerubbabel Wrote: Mar 02, 2013 9:33 PM
re·pub·lic [ri-puhb-lik] noun 1. a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens ... http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/republic?s=t republic (n.) c.1600, "state in which supreme power rests in the people," http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=republic&searchmode=none
"Why did the Soviet Union disintegrate? Why did the Soviet Communist Party collapse? An important reason was that their ideals and convictions wavered," China's new leader, Xi Jinping, told a closed meeting of party elite in Guangdong province.

"Finally all it took was one quiet word from Gorbachev to declare the dissolution of the Soviet Communist Party, and a great party was gone," said Xi, according to notes obtained by The New York Times.

"Everyone is talking about reform, but in fact everyone has a fear of reform," said Chinese historian Ma Jong. "The question is: Can society...