James Forsyth James Forsyth

Hillary Clinton: Chinese regime can’t defy history

Hillary Clinton has given a fascinating interview to the Atlantic Monthly’s Jeffrey Goldberg. The main topic of it is the Arab spring but it is her comments about China that are making waves.

When Goldberg comments that the Chinese have been scared by the sight of dictatorships toppling across the Middle East, Clinton replies:“They’re worried, and they are trying to stop history, which is a fool’s errand. They cannot do it. But they’re going to hold it off as long as possible. “

As Goldberg says, it is quite remarkable to hear the US Secretary of State say so frankly that the Communist dictatorship in China will collapse at some point. The question now is how will Beijing, which is notoriously sensitive about this kind of thing, respond and whether Clinton’s remarks mark a new tack in the Obama’s administration’s approach to China.

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