Friday, January 3, 2014

mixed messages in China

(Reuters) - China's police chief wrote on Friday that his officers must uphold the leadership of the Communist Party and be loyal to it, as the government targets the domestic security apparatus in a crackdown on corruption....
Zhou had expanded his role into one of the most powerful, and controversial, fiefdoms in the one-party government, and under his stewardship the domestic security budget exceeded that of the military [emphasis added]....
Xi confounded expectations he may loosen up upon his appointment as president last year, and has instead overseen a sweeping crackdown on dissent, a theme Guo implied would continue in the interests of national development.
"Only if there is social stability can reform and development continue to proceed," he wrote.

Let me see if I've got this straight: Police must back a central authority whose track record for honesty is under suspicion.

And I wonder if the U.S. and other western countries take see a lesson in China's corruption/centralized power. I doubt that the Department of Homeland Security has yet attained a budget that equals or exceeds the military, but nothing happens overnight.

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