29
Sep
07

An expert sees danger in China’s weakness, not its strength

The minister of public security is a Politburo member for the first time since the Cultural Revolution, Shirk notes, but only one person with business experience has become an alternate member of the party’s Central Committee, a significantly lower rank. The security services have joined with the organizations that handle propaganda and personnel to create what Shirk calls “the control cartel” devoted to pushing the party’s new ideology, a virulent form of nationalism.

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