Chinese economy & control by terror are both weakening; Party dismay. Arthur Waldron (@PennSAS, @FPRI)
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Arthur Waldron, Lauder Professor of International Relations in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania, in re: They’re not following their calendar of meetings—the Fourth Plenum, especially—which is unusual. A well-oiled organization follows its rules, which it's not doing. Analysis of Chinese economy and the political structure that underlies it. Multiple problems. Xi Jinping attended a high school that later converted into a university; consequently, is making decisions that redound to national disadvantage. The Party demands that state-owned enterprises be massively supported financially, which of course continues to turn out badly economically. The Party is disturbed to see that its measure of terror against the hitherto-compliant population is diminishing as citizens feel freer to circumvent and criticize the government. https://sinoinsider.com/2019/01/politics-watch-xis-meeting-with-provincial-level-officials-hints-at-unprecedented-crisis-in-the-ccp/