Does Economic Reform Lead to Political Reform?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Short answer -- No.

And as the case of China proves -- decades later -- it's not even clear whether economic reform brings economic freedom, let alone political reform and freedom.

So why does the Obama Administration -- and its allies -- point to China as a "successful" model for our Cuba policy?

As Dr. Scott Kennedy, Director of the Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, testified in Congress last week:

"The reform package for state-owned enterprises (SOEs), announced in mid-September, is anything but reformist, as it encourages strengthening the Party's role in SOEs, promoting mergers and acquisitions across a range of sectors even if not commercially appropriate, and limiting opening markets where SOEs predominate to competition from domestic private and foreign companies."