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An American in China

China’s Problems at Home

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 17, 2011

From The Party- (Richard Mcgregor)

Equally, for all its rising global interests, the scale of China’s domestic problems, in their depth, multiplicity and variety, means that central government leaders will remain preoccupied at home. It is often hard to explain to outsiders that Hu Jintao does not wake up in the morning worried about what is happening in the US Senate, but by peasant riots in Henan, the choice of the new party secretary in Shandong, a corruption case in Shanghai, coal-mine disasters in Shanxi and so on. China has an ever-increasing outward focus but local problems have priority when they land on Hu’s desk in the morning.

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