A short piece by one of the best analysis of the P.R.C. taking Xi Jinping at his word: ‘the absolute leadership role of the Party to the exclusion of all other institutions. ‘Government, military, society and schools, north, south, east and west – the Party is the leader of all.’ This is a reordering of China that resets the direction it was hoped China was evolving not only by western observers but by the structure of domestic intellectuals as well away from rule by laws and established institutions to a special form of authoritarianism hanging on Xi’s will and desires including abolition of term limits.
This is a new world harking back to Mao’s period as many note, McGregor opens up the topic to show many of its implications, including how XI ‘has left himself with a perilously narrow off-ramp from office’ and how many enemies he has raised along the way domestic and foreign. “Pull down one person and you destroy hundreds if not thousands of people along with them.” *Loc. 453
All the goals Xi has raised: his China Dream, ending poverty by 2022, Belt and Road Initiative, the ‘Made in China 2025’, and ‘the virtues of Beijing’s development model not just for China, but for other countries as well’ are turning history.
“This is not so much the end of the end of history. Xi’s China marks the start of history all over again.” Loc. 155
The world wakes up: “Countries large and small around the world, from Australia to Germany, Canada to Malaysia and India to Kenya, are all rethinking and renegotiating their ties with Beijing. Difficult as it may be to see at home in China, the backlash against Xi Jinping is reaching full bloom overseas.” L.789
Trump interestingly enough earns praise from some for confronting China but his ‘what to do’ is well undefined.
A short piece with a large content – what Richard McGregor does so well; some topics left undeveloped but references given.** The recent uprisings in Hong Kong fall after publication date; it would be rich to see McGregor’s handling of that topic.
* “Since late 2012, the authorities have investigated more than 2.7 million officials and punished more than 1.5 million others.” Loc. 339
“The US equivalent of Xi’s [anti-corruption] campaign would have seen the top generals on the joint chiefs of staff arrested; the head of Exxon Mobil and Chevron, along with many of their senior executives, detained; and the governors of Pennsylvania and Texas behind bars, along with the former chief of staff to the president, the number two and three leaders at the FBI and the CIA, the head of the Federal Communications Commission, the operational chiefs (that is, the deputy leaders) of the banking and insurance regulators, and senior scholars at the Brookings Institution.” Loc. 1185
**See especially The State Strikes Back: The End of Economic Reform in China? By Nicholas R. Lardy
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; 1 edition (16 July 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1760893048
- ISBN-13: 978-1760893040
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 17.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 118 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)