[It has been] a botched transition already because of the Bo Xilai affair, they wanted a much more harmonious transition. It’s difficult to say what they will try to do with these problems like corruption, but I think the real issue for any reform minded leader is: what reforms can I undertake without the danger that that one reform will actually bring the whole system down, because it’s a fragile system. […] I’m not optimistic [about reform].
— Renowned China scholar Professor Roderick MacFarquhar of Harvard University, speaking to Reuters.
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