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<h3>''wěn dìng'' 稳腚</h3>
  
[[File:Stable bottom.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''The stable bottom of the government. (Thomas Y.C. Wong [https://twitter.com/thomasycwong 鳩鵪亞黃])'']]Homophone of “stability” (稳定 wěndìng). Beginning under former president [https://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/hu-jintao/ Hu Jintao]’s leadership, the Communist Party has gone to great lengths to “[[maintain stability]]” in society. Using this rationale, protests are squelched, political dissidents are controlled, and the media is censored.
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[[File:Stable bottom.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''The stable bottom of the government. (Artist: Thomas Y.C. Wong [https://twitter.com/thomasycwong @鳩鵪亞黃])'']]Homophone of "stability" (''wěndìng'' 稳定), a pretest for censorship and control.  
  
Netizens joke that China’s leaders’ obsession with “social stability” is a just a pretext for insuring the stability of their “bottoms” on the thrones of power. “When the officials’ bottoms are stable,” goes a popular saying online, “society is unstable. When the officials’ bottoms are unstable, ''then'' society is stable” (官员稳腚了,社会就不稳定了;官员不稳腚了,社会就稳定了).
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Starting with former president [https://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/hu-jintao/ Hu Jintao], the Communist Party has gone to great lengths to "[[stability maintenance|maintain stability]]" domestically. Using this rationale, protests are squelched, political dissidents controlled, and  media censored.
  
[[File:123.jpg|400px|thumb|center|''The Great Goal: At first, it was to liberate the world. Then we shrank it to surpassing the U.K. and the U.S. Then [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2012/05/documenting-chinas-lost-history-of-famine/ when the people had no way to survive, starved bodies were strewn everywhere and bellies caved to touch spines], the goal became the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_modernizations Four Modernizations]. Once we saw this was also hopeless, we said forget about it and toned it down to the [[primary stage (of socialism)]]. Now the goal was a comfortable life. Again, we saw it was no good. So let’s [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Chinese_quotations#D let some people get rich first], we said. Who suspected that only two words would remain: maintain stability!'']]
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Netizens joke that the only thing "maintaining stability" are the sears of the leadership on the throne of power. "If you want social stability," a netizen once wrote, "officials can't have 'stable bottoms'" ([https://www.google.com/search?q=%E5%AE%98%E5%91%98%E7%A8%B3%E8%85%9A%E4%BA%86%EF%BC%8C%E7%A4%BE%E4%BC%9A%E5%B0%B1%E4%B8%8D%E7%A8%B3%E5%AE%9A%E4%BA%86%EF%BC%9B%E5%AE%98%E5%91%98%E4%B8%8D%E7%A8%B3%E8%85%9A%E4%BA%86%EF%BC%8C%E7%A4%BE%E4%BC%9A%E5%B0%B1%E7%A8%B3%E5%AE%9A%E4%BA%86&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS695US695&oq=%E5%AE%98%E5%91%98%E7%A8%B3%E8%85%9A%E4%BA%86%EF%BC%8C%E7%A4%BE%E4%BC%9A%E5%B0%B1%E4%B8%8D%E7%A8%B3%E5%AE%9A%E4%BA%86%EF%BC%9B%E5%AE%98%E5%91%98%E4%B8%8D%E7%A8%B3%E8%85%9A%E4%BA%86%EF%BC%8C%E7%A4%BE%E4%BC%9A%E5%B0%B1%E7%A8%B3%E5%AE%9A%E4%BA%86&aqs=chrome..69i57.378j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#q=%E5%AE%98%E5%91%98%E4%B8%8D%E8%83%BD%E2%80%9C%E7%A8%B3%E8%85%9A%E2%80%9D 要想社会稳定,官员不能“稳腚”]).
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See also [[stability maintenance]].
  
 
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Revision as of 19:12, 9 June 2016

wěn dìng 稳腚

The stable bottom of the government. (Artist: Thomas Y.C. Wong @鳩鵪亞黃)
Homophone of "stability" (wěndìng 稳定), a pretest for censorship and control.

Starting with former president Hu Jintao, the Communist Party has gone to great lengths to "maintain stability" domestically. Using this rationale, protests are squelched, political dissidents controlled, and media censored.

Netizens joke that the only thing "maintaining stability" are the sears of the leadership on the throne of power. "If you want social stability," a netizen once wrote, "officials can't have 'stable bottoms'" (要想社会稳定,官员不能“稳腚”).

See also stability maintenance.