Has the Chinese body politic finally been infected by what Beijing officials have sometimes dubbed the ‘Polish disease’…? Could China's 2002 turn out to be like Poland's 1981, a turning-point year when cleansing fevers (to invert the medical metaphor) began to take effect?
Waiting for China's Lech Walesa
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom is the director of Indiana University's East Asian Studies Center. His latest book, as editor, Twentieth-Century China: New Approaches, will be published in November by Routledge. A Polish-language version of this article, translated by Maria Kruckowska, appeared in the May 5, 2002 edition of the Warsaw-based newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza.
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom; Waiting for China's Lech Walesa. Current History 1 September 2002; 101 (656): 256–258. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2002.101.656.256
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