The liberal model of democracy
This chapter focuses on how three contemporary Chinese liberal thinkers, Wei Jingsheng, Hu Ping, and Yan Jiaqi, view democracy. It is largely descriptive, outlining the content and context of their ideas on democracy, and the similarities and differences in their views. These descriptive accounts will serve as the basis for later discussion in Chapters 4, 5, 6 and 7. The historical development of each man’s thought, and a comparison between their ideas and Western liberal ideas, will not be attempted here; it would be beyond the scope of this book to do so.