The old CW was that as China got richer, it would grow more democratic. The new CW seems to be that China will get richer, but not more democratic. The inside pages of your newspaper, however, keep being filled with stories like this one where "2,000 people mobbed and ransacked a hospital in southwestern China on Friday in a dispute over medical fees and shoddy health care practices, a human rights group said today." To me, it always seems more likely that the whole place will collapse into chaos.

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