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PacNet #4 – Pacific Forum Young Leaders Project

There is a growing gulf in Northeast Asia between generations, marked by profound cultural differences. Generational change has begun to alter the political and cultural landscape. For example, in China, the fourth generation of leaders is largely non-Soviet educated. This generation was the youth vanguard during the Cultural Revolution. While many believe they will be more flexible and forward looking, some analysts have suggested that they will be more likely to avoid radical change, including reform measures that might profoundly challenge the status quo.