Predicting the impending liberalisation of China’s authoritarian regime is a popular pastime among some Western analysts. But it’s foolish to assume that China’s political development will mirror the West.
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The debate over Australia’s response to the challenges presented by China often pits pragmatists against proponents of a principles-based approach. While these perspectives may appear to be in conflict, short-run pragmatism could pave the way for a principles-based approach in the future.