US Dispatches from Beijing 'True Democracy' Within China's Politburo?

Can one find democracy in China? According to a US source in Beijing, the country's Politburo is more interested in consensus than decrees -- on all issues except for Tibet. But, US diplomats allege, most of the country's top functionaries maintain close ties with various industries.
Hu Jintao strives for consensus, except when it comes to Tibet, according to US diplomatic dispatches from Beijing.

Hu Jintao strives for consensus, except when it comes to Tibet, according to US diplomatic dispatches from Beijing.

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Originals: The Key China Politburo Cables