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Will Wukan Be the New Normal?

Will Wukan Be the New Normal? | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
It would be tempting to think that the peaceful end to the standoff in Wukan between local officials and villagers heralds an important shift in the way the Communist Party handles unrest – through new forms of dialogue, rather than the old default...

 

There are multiple grievances across counties and towns, produced by a habitually sleazy pattern of land-seizing officials in bed with debauched businesses. But even then the anger that erupts tends to be short-lived. Unless villagers can find common cause and organize simultaneous assaults, cadres will cope with each outbreak as they have already done: in piecemeal fashion, driven by what they see as having worked and trying to avoid what has not. It doesn’t mean that every confrontation with local anger will end with understanding. But nearly everyone will either get rich or get lost.

 

Here’s another disconnect: what worked in Wukan is unlikely to work as well elsewhere in the country, given that the major threat to social stability is not in the countryside but the cities. Farmers tend to have more faith in Beijing than in local cadres; the latter tend to look up for guidance before going at protests anyway. Urban residents and homeowners, on the other hand, are more likely to lash out if the value of their already-won assets plummets. And those shut out of the opportunity to purchase apartments are already seething.

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China’s Arab Spring Cyber Lessons

China’s Arab Spring Cyber Lessons | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
The Arab Spring has offered some useful pointers for countries such as China about what works in suppressing dissent -- and what is counterproductive.

 

Last week, Beijing’s Ministry of Public Security urged police to use microblogs to ‘guide public opinion’ and ‘pay attention to hot topics people are talking about on the Internet.’

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There Will Be An Orderly Revolution

There Will Be An Orderly Revolution | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
November 29, 2011:  China cancelled, at the last minute, scheduled border negotiations with India This was apparently in response for continued Indian support for the Dali Lama, the Tibetan religious leader who opposes Chinese...


Chinese efforts to cool down their overheated economy, and deal with some of the extensive damage corruption has inflicted on the banking system, has also caused an economic slowdown.


Chinese officials have been open about their fear that the Arab Spring unrest could spread to China.


The economic problems are complicated by growing unrest among workers


China's corruption is spreading overseas. Not just in terms of bribes paid to businessmen or government officials, but in the way Chinese use the Internet.


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