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Communist Party Members in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 3, 2011

The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers (Richard Mcgregor)

Top-ranked party members enjoy a social standing beyond the respect that officials get anyway in a country with deep bureaucratic traditions. Much as if they have been granted diplomatic status in their own country, they live in secure compounds, but also have their overseas travel restricted and mingle with people beyond official circles and their immediate family, according to strict security protocols. They answer to the Party first, not to the law of the land, if they are accused of criminal wrongdoing.

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