Wsj the Coming Chinese Crackup The endgame of communist rule in China has begun, and XI Jinping’s ruthless measures are only bringing the country closer to a breaking point



Download 0.6 Mb.
Page1/3
Date17.05.2021
Size0.6 Mb.
  1   2   3

WSJ

The Coming Chinese Crackup

The endgame of communist rule in China has begun, and Xi Jinping’s ruthless measures are only bringing the country closer to a breaking point

ENLARGE

Chinese President Xi Jinping, front center, and other Chinese leaders attend the opening meeting on Thursday of the third session of the National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua/Zuma Press

By

David Shambaugh



March 6, 2015 11:26 a.m. ET

488 COMMENTS

On Thursday, the National People’s Congress convened in Beijing in what has become a familiar annual ritual. Some 3,000 “elected” delegates from all over the country—ranging from colorfully clad ethnic minorities to urbane billionaires—will meet for a week to discuss the state of the nation and to engage in the pretense of political participation.

Some see this impressive gathering as a sign of the strength of the Chinese political system—but it masks serious weaknesses. Chinese politics has always had a theatrical veneer, with staged events like the congress intended to project the power and stability of the Chinese Communist Party, or CCP. Officials and citizens alike know that they are supposed to conform to these rituals, participating cheerfully and parroting back official slogans. This behavior is known in Chinese as biaotai, “declaring where one stands,” but it is little more than an act of symbolic compliance.


Directory: tlairson -> china
china -> Liberal Theories of International Relations: a primer
china -> Nyt amid Tension, China Blocks Crucial Exports to Japan By keith bradsher published: September 22, 2010
china -> How China Sees America: The Sum of Beijing's Fears Nathan, Andrew J; Scobell, Andrew. Foreign Affairs
china -> The Game Changer: Coping With China's Foreign Policy Revolution
china -> Democratize or Die: Why China's Communists Face Reform or Revolution Huang, Yasheng. Foreign Affairs
china -> July/august 2011 Boston Review China’s Other Revolution Boston Review, pp. 12-26
china -> Dr. Thomas Lairson China’s Global Strategic Realignment
china -> The South China Sea Is the Future of Conflict
china -> McGregor The Party, 1-33
china -> Dw what will India's veto of wto deal cost global trade?


Share with your friends:
  1   2   3




The database is protected by copyright ©essaydocs.org 2020
send message

    Main page