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January 16, 2006

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Who's In Charge Here?

Stories of protest in China continue to hit the NYT courtesy of Howard French. This time a teenage girl got killed.

It reminds me of a question I have had for some time: Just who exactly runs China? I mean, I know the names. But where do these guys come from? How does one rise to the Chinese Politburo? I just have no concept of the way it works. All I see in Hu Jintao’s bio is a string of bureaucratic jobs… the logic of advancement eludes me.

Also, check out this WorldChanging post on “The Beijing Consensus.” Particularly interesting:

The second Beijing Consensus theorem is that since chaos is impossible to control from the top… you need a whole set of new tools. It looks beyond measures like per-capita GDP and focuses instead of quality-of-life, the only way to manage the massive contradictions of Chinese development. […] China’s new approach to development stresses chaos management. This is one reason why academic disciplines like sociology and crisis management are the vogue of party think tanks at the moment.

How fascinating is that? And doesn’t it sound like you could swap out some giant corporation for China and the paragraph would still kinda make sense?

I really want to know who these guys are. If anybody knows any good books on the subject of China’s leadership, or reporters that do a good job tracking it, leave a comment.

Posted January 16, 2006 at 2:55 | Comments (0) | Permasnark
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