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An American in China

China and the Communist Party

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 19, 2011


from “The Party” (Richard Mcgregor)

“”Success has a single father in China, a maxim which often makes for improbable reporting. According to an official media dispatch from the scene of a mining accident in Henan province in 2007, the moment one rescued miner emerged out of the blackness into daylight, his first words were: ‘I thank the Central Party! I thank the State Council! I thank the Henan provincial government! I thank the people of the nation!’ Apart from the fact that the rescued miner made no reference to his family or loved ones, what is notable about this quote is that it captures perfectly the ruling hierarchy, with the Party at the top, followed by the central government, the provincial leadership, and finally, the people. The organization department’s boasting about earthquake relief, or, on a much smaller scale, the reporting of the mining rescue, are the exceptions that prove the rule. Usually, party bodies prefer to fly under the radar, as they did in the Sanlu case, to ensure the sinews of their power remain out of sight.”

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