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Personal Freedoms


Judged relative to their own past, Chinese citizens today have much greater freedom of control over their daily lives,[1] including the freedom to choose their jobs, to marry whom they wish, to dress as they wish, to own a car and a house, and to travel, none of which was allowed 25 years ago. Today, ordinary Chinese are much freer to express themselves to each other, and even to criticize the government, as long as the criticism is done in private and not publicly in the media or on the Internet.

1 Peter Ford, “Amid human rights protests, a look at China’s record,” The Christian Science Monitor, April 10, 2008, http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0410/p04s01-woap.html (accessed 7/24/08).