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Opinion: Xi Jinping’s strongman rule will test the Western assumption that economic openness and prosperity would make China more democratic

The modern world has rarely, if ever, seen a large country that was able to run a highly open economy with a closed-off authoritarian system for any length of time," writes the author. "All conventional bets are off. Mr. Xi has set the stage for the biggest political science experiment in history."
12 months ago
Sky Canaves
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.
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