With both reformists and leftists pushed aside, political center-stage now belongs to new pragmatists both inside and outside the Communist Party.
About the Author
Gongqin Xiao is professor of history at the Shanghai Normal University. He is the author of Good-bye to Political Romanticism (2001), Collected Works of Gongqin Xiao (1995), and The Dilemma of Confucian Culture (1986). He has published several influential articles on Chinese politics in Strategy and Management, China’s leading policy journal.
China is heading toward a tipping point, with two likely scenarios for how a political opening will come about. Most Chinese intellectuals think that only gradualism—“slow and steady,” step-by-step reform—can…