Civil Unrest Challenges China’s Party Leadership

In the Washington Post, Philip Pan has written a very good article about the spate of recent in China and the government's response: "The string of disturbances, described by local journalists, witnesses and participants, highlights the daily challenge that civil unrest now poses to the ruling Communist Party. Despite historic economic growth that has lifted millions out of poverty, protests and riots in the world's most populous country are occurring with increasing frequency, growing in size and ending more often in violence... The Communist Party has indicated it is worried that these outbursts of discontent might coalesce into large-scale, organized opposition to its rule. The concern was apparent in a report by its Central Committee in September urging officials to improve governance and warning that 'the life and death of the party' was at stake. "
The full report is here. (via SF Chronical)

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