Links for Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Notable China news from around the web.

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More important China news and analysis from around the web:

Does China “seek to conquer the entire world and replace all democracies with Marxist-Leninist dictatorships”? Is Xi Jinping — some analysts in Washington, D.C., ask — the new Stalin?

Xi Jinping is not Stalin, writes Michael McFaul, the former U.S. ambassador to Russia, in Foreign Affairs this week. He points out three flaws in this strain of Cold War analogy that is increasingly commonly heard:

  • “Stalin’s regime was far more totalitarian in its control over every aspect of Soviet citizens’ lives.”
  • “Chinese citizens enjoy much greater autonomy over their own economic well-being than Soviet citizens did in the early days of the Cold War.”
  • “Xi has yet to instigate a coup, arm insurgents, or invade a democracy and install a communist regime.”

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