Mar 6, 2014

Big promises but little reform in increasingly violent China

Xi Jinping, the most powerful person in China, has promised to crack down on corruption and institute real economic reform. Unfortunately, the reality on the ground shows neither is happening.

Michael Sainsbury — Freelance correspondent in Asia and <em>Little Red Blog</em> Editor

Michael Sainsbury

Freelance correspondent in Asia and Little Red Blog Editor

In the southern Chinese city of Kunming last week, a team of knife-wielding thugs hacked 29 people to death and injured 130 others on the local subway. A week earlier six people died after a man set fire to a bus in neighbouring Guizhou province.

Clearly all is not well in the world’s most polluted nation a year after Xi Jinping (pictured), the son of one of the country’s most revered revolutionary generals, added the role of President to his core roles of Secretary General of the ruling Communist Party and Chairman of its Central Military Commission — which makes him the boss of the world’s largest standing army, with about 2.4 million troops.

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2 thoughts on “Big promises but little reform in increasingly violent China

  1. MJPC

    “Any society is only 3 meals away from a revolution”, and China has already had, at least, one.
    Only, maybe it should be now (in a Chinesse context), “only 3 breaths away”.

  2. AR

    MJPC – that might have applied when the majority of the revolting classes were on the brink of starvation at the best of times.
    Our current crop of sheeple could, indeed SHOULD, go 3 days without a meal, just for a bit of perspective.

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