Share this story
Close X
Switch to Desktop Site

China's Neoconservative Argues Against Change

CHINESE critics brand him a ``chameleon,'' a political opportunist, and a ``running dog'' of senior leader Deng Xiaoping. University students burned his books during protests for democracy last spring. And an anonymous group of ``intellectuals for eliminating traitors'' threatened in a letter to kill him.

But He Xin, a social commentator and defender of China's hard-line regime, exudes a feeling of triumph.

About these ads

``I warned the Chinese people that radical change would lead to chaos,'' said Mr. He, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). ``Now, the mainstream is for stability. I have succeeded.''

An ambitious man, He epitomizes a traditional breed of Chinese intellectuals who advise rulers and in turn benefit from in proximity to the seat of power.

Follow Stories Like This
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.