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China’s ruling Communist Party boasts an increasingly intrepid army and navy, an expanding web of international energy pipelines and other trade links, and a suite of generously funded media companies with bureaus around the world. But unlike past empires, Beijing’s true strength does not derive from its ability to project force and soft-power influence overseas. Instead, particularly when dealing with developed nations and their citizens, the party has imposed its will by squatting at the gates of the massive Chinese economy and issuing demands as the price of admission.

If implemented, China’s announced plans to abolish its labor camp system and expand the number of Chinese citizens who can have two children would be a step in the right direction. The changes would bring relief from horrific abuse to some innocent Chinese and expand the ability of young couples to choose the size of their family.


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