Political Organizations in Exile

  • Baogang He


With the advent of economic reform the Chinese government adopted an open-door policy and sent students abroad: the option of external exile was then available but seldom used by students. Not until 1983 did a group of students from mainland China studying in the United States establish the Chinese Alliance for Democracy. This marked the beginning of an era of exile politics. Exile politics has developed along with rapid domestic economic growth. Rampant corruption and high inflation accompanying economic development underlay the social support for the 1989 Students’ Demonstration. Chinese exile politics reached a climax in the wake of 1989, when a number of renowned intellectuals and students fleeing China after the military suppression of the Demonstration sought refuge in the West. The Front for a Democratic China was subsequently established.


Civil Society Chinese Government Chinese Student Chinese Communist Party Political Organization 
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© Baogang He 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Baogang He
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of TasmaniaHobartAustralia

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