|The National Peoples Congress, the legislature,|
plays an important role in key domestic policy changes
The instinct is to dismiss out of hand Chinese CP rhetoric like "learn from the masses", etc. but Chinese policies do change, and not through open contested elections, and only within a relatively narrow universe of discourse (ours is narrow too but it has different parameters). Our focus on individual rights doesn't serve very well to explain how China changes. The CP's focus is more like "what policies are needed to improve living conditions, and retain the confidence (or at least cooperation) of the populace? That individuals are treated fairly is of course important - because unfairness to one is likely to lead to mass dissatisfaction. But the CP really does pursue a "mass line". Witness these policy shifts. - GWC
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