Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Not Hu, but Wen

In a Western context, the questions are mild. In China, they are nearly unheard of, at least in print.

Book critical of Chinese PM Wen Jiabao goes on sale
A controversial new book written by a Chinese dissident critical of China's Premier Wen Jiabao has gone on sale in Hong Kong.

The book, entitled China's Best Actor: Wen Jiabao, dismisses Mr Wen's image as a reformistā€¦

Wen Jiabao has gained popularity in China by showing sympathy with ordinary people, especially during natural disasters like the mudslide last week.

"Wen Jiabao and [Chinese President] Hu Jintao are like the two sides of a coin. They are on a tandem bike, heading in the same direction. I think they are playing the good-guy-bad-guy routine, like the harsh-dad-loving-mum sort of thing," [author Yu Jie] told the BBC's Chinese service.

"But they share the same goal, which is to strengthen their power baseā€¦

"The purpose of this book is not only to criticise individuals and the communist system, but also to develop the idea of freedom of speech."...

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