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A Fool’s Errand in China to Reinvent Good Government

Aug. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Forget Client No. 9. If you want to understand the future of world politics, it’s Document No. 9 you need to know. This semisecret directive from the senior members of the Chinese Communist Party tells you how President Xi Jinping plans to manage pro-democracy voices in China: by shutting them down. The sharp repudiation of constitutional government, human rights, civic participation and free speech -- not to mention truly free markets -- guarantees that the ideological struggle between China and the West will continue well into the future.

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