September 25, 2009

WHEN YOU CAN'T EVEN MAKE THE TRAINS RUN ON TIME:

A Break In China's Communist Wall: The latest party meeting suggests fissures. (Gordon G. Chang, 09.25.09, Forbes)

Has a crack just appeared in China's mighty Communist Party?

The Fourth Plenum of the Party's 17th Central Committee ended on Sept. 18, and the big news is that virtually nothing happened during the four-day meeting of 357 top party members in Beijing. "Silence and inaction," one report termed the result. There was no post-meeting press conference, delegates were mum after the session ended and the official communiqué said almost nothing.

And why is this momentous? It is, perhaps, the most significant news to come out of China in years because it may mean that the world's largest political organization has ended two decades of internal unity and begun a long process of splintering.


Isn't the point of totalitarianism to get rid of divided government?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 25, 2009 7:51 AM
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