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In this Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects a guard of honor outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
In this Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects a guard of honor outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
(Andy Wong/Associated Press)

NATHAN VANDERKLIPPE

China’s ‘reforms’ a commitment to the Communist playbook

In a series of much-vaunted reforms, China has in the past week pledged to slice away some of the most egregious examples of its disregard for human rights. It has promised to loosen the one-child policy that, in some places, led to forced abortions and sterilizations. It has said it will abolish the labour camps that served as extra-legal – and, by the letter of China’s own laws, illegal – holding pens for those guilty of irking the regime.