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    Why Authoritarian Regimes Bother With Elections

    Beijing rewrote the rules of Hong Kong’s recent elections, and the result among voters was apathy. ...

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    China harvests masses of data on Western targets, documents show
    China is turning a major part of its internal Internet data surveillance network outward, mining Western social media, including Facebook and Twitter, to equip its government agencies, military and police with information on foreign targets, according to a Washington Post review of hundreds of Chinese bidding documents, contracts and company filings. ...

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIqrAprBqkU

    No Country should lecture others on Democracy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    No Country should lecture others on Democracy!
    No country should believe it is exempt from criticism

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Murray View Post
    No country should believe it is exempt from criticism
    But they can ignore external criticism/opinions. Countries are built on self-interest. You can criticize USA all you like - will they care? May punish you- may not but won't care .
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    But they can ignore external criticism/opinions.
    As China does. But its human rights abuses are still wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    But they can ignore external criticism/opinions. Countries are built on self-interest. You can criticize USA all you like - will they care? May punish you- may not but won't care .
    But even if a country is motivated purely by self-interest, it can still be in their interest to make changes to avoid criticism - especially if the criticism is backed up by actions such as boycotts. China's response to criticism shows that it is clearly having an effect.

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