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Author on hopes for China's future

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In the 60 years since the Communist Party came to rule in China, people's lives have changed drastically.

China today knows more about the rest of the world than it did a generation ago, but there is still a chasm between the rich and those living in rural areas.

Author Xinran Xue hosted a phone-in show on Chinese radio in the 1990s, in which she invited women to speak about their lives on air.

She spoke about her hopes for China's future, starting with her vision of a more internationally-engaged country, and an independent legal system.

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