Old China hand Huntsman strokes chin over Chen ...
Published: May 7, 2012 09:18AM
Updated: May 7, 2012 01:13PM
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Republican presidential candidate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, accompanied by his wife Mary Kaye, speaks into a bullhorn while campaigning in Eagle Square in Concord, N.H., Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Could Jon be fishing for his old job back?

From today's Wall Street Journal:

- How to Manage the China Relationship - Jon Huntsman

The recent drama in Beijing over dissident Chen Guangcheng illuminates two of the most important characteristics of today's China and its political system. First, despite China's economic success and growing regional influence, the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party is profoundly insecure. Second, the Chinese people are increasingly demanding a more transparent and fair society.

The Communist Party's insecurity has been amplified by the 18th Party Congress, an unprecedented leadership transition taking place this fall with a backdrop of domestic political scandal, social unrest, uncertainties about the Chinese growth model, and increased tensions with the United States. The party fears that liberalization would unleash centrifugal forces that would threaten its authority. Yet people such as Mr. Chen, artist and dissident Ai Wei Wei, Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, who is now imprisoned in China, and so many others provide a glimpse of China's potential if it were to unlock the talents of its people. ...

AP update:
- Activist confident China will allow him to leave - AP/Salt Lake Tribune

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