Wang Lixiong, a scholar and an activist for minority rights, said that it was still early days for the new leaders, who customarily do not make dramatic policy changes while in a transition period. Wang added that he expected that any policy shifts they might enact would be minor, and that Tibetan demands for greater autonomy would not be met — leading to ever greater frustration.
‘‘There is also the possibility that the new leaders will increase repression,’’ Wang said. ‘‘China’s current governance style is to use any way possible to block any channel for expressing different views, so that it appears on the surface that everything is peaceful and tranquil in this society ... but this harmony is entirely false.’’
‘‘It’s like a boiler sitting on a fire with its vents blocked. The pressure inside is increasing constantly, the ultimate ending will be explosive,’’ Wang said.
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