U.S. AND CHINA: UPS AND DOWNS

IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH TIME'S EDITORS, JIANG LAYS OUT HIS COURSE FOR GOOD RELATIONS WITH THE U.S.

TIME: What will China be like in 10 years? Will there be more democracy?

Jiang: Since 1979 we have been trying to ensure that political restructuring and economic restructuring complement each other. Simply put, what we have to do is promote democracy and improve our legal system. Within the structure provided by the Chinese constitution, we will work to develop our democracy further and to strengthen supervision. Our purpose is to run our country according to law.

TIME: Americans care a lot about human rights. Can you explain why it is so difficult to release political dissidents like Wei Jingsheng and...

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