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A Letter from Beijing

A Letter from Beijing Pranab Bardhan Some western journalists have pointed to a contrast between the recent turbulent events in the Soviet Union and those in China: in the Soviet Union glasnost has brought in some limited measure of freedom and open politics, but the economy is still in the doldrums and perestroika is more talked about than practised; in China, on the other hand, economic reform of the last few years has borne fruit, but the people's thirst for political freedom remains unquenched and hence all the political turmoil. While there are some elements of truth in this formulation, for China it ignores the fact that some of the political turmoil is directly related to the economic reform.

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