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Francis Fukuyama, 30 years on: Is the world turning Chinese?

'Democratic recession' underway as populism rises, 'End of History' author argues

People celebrate the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on Oct. 1. (Xinhua via Kyodo)

WASHINGTON -- In 1989, the scholar Francis Fukuyama published a magazine piece titled "The End of History?" about the decline of communism and the triumph of the West.

With Saturday marking 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the world once again faces a major crossroads -- this time over inequality, protectionism, trade frictions and other negative consequences of global competition.

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