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Beijing's Dangerous Game


World  (tags: China, corruption, ethics, government, politics, wealthy, Japan, conflict )

Lynn
- 727 days ago - nybooks.com
Many have ascribed the vehemence of the protests to deep-rooted anti-Japanese sentiment linked to injustices committed by Japan eighty years ago. ...everything to do with the interests of China's current rulers, ... top leadership in Beijing is in turmoil.



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Brian M. (158)
Monday September 24, 2012, 3:51 pm
Increased military spending by Japan as well as its increased assertions throughout the area have given China legitimate concern.
 

Lynn Squance (232)
Monday September 24, 2012, 4:37 pm
It seems that Chinese politics is not all that different than those in other countries like the US. Distract the people by making seemingly unimportant events, even relatively forgotten events, into highly important issues as a means to distract them from other goings on like internal wranglings.

"Today, too, measured in numbers, the complaints of Chinese protesters are overwhelmingly not about uninhabited islands but about things closer to home—corruption, pollution, land annexation, special privilege, and abuse of power—and the usual adversaries today are not Japan but Chinese officials and the wealthy people associated with them."

"The people at the top, who are used to maintaining a smooth façade, have every reason right now to distract attention from the unexpectedly messy handover of power now taking place, the results of which are hugely important to them. Not only power but tremendous amounts of wealth are at stake."

"...if it [trial of Wang Lijung, corrupt police chief] were probed and reported properly, the case would reveal a great deal about corruption, special privilege, abuse of power, wealth inequality, and all those other issues that Chinese people often notice and protest about."

Sound familiar? --- "corruption, special privilege, abuse of power, wealth inequality"

Does it sound like current election politics in the US? Sure does to me.

Get out the vote!!!!!

Vote Democratic 2012!!!!! Vote Obama/Biden 2012!!!!!
 
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