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This chapter gives an overview of the changes that has been brought by the China tidal wave in Taipei, on the Fujian-Guangdong border, in Beijing on Zhongnanhai, on the three gorges dam on the Yangzi river and in Canada on Lake Manitoba. Most Taiwanese feared that an open call for independence would provoke an armed response from the Mainland. Western politicians had to think about votes and frequently appear in public. However, Chinese leaders were isolated and cut-off from society in every way. When top Chinese leaders 'meet the people', it was invariably in closed-off, tightly guarded places, which no unauthorized person could enter. If the power and efficiency of the autocratic system could be used to promote multi-level elections from above, there would be a peaceful revolution, a smooth transition, at little cost and with a minimum of suffering.

Keywords: Fujian-Guangdong border; Lake Manitoba; Li Ke-ming; Shi Ge; Taipei; Yangzi river; Zhongnanhai



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