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What Yue Yue’s Death Tells Us About What’s Wrong With China

11:40 AM, Oct 28, 2011 • By REUBEN F. JOHNSON
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Another of these children whose father had run the all-powerful Communist party’s propaganda department pointed out that party and government officials in China are consuming up to one-third of the state’s revenue—dispensed for their luxury cars, travel abroad, specialized health care, banquets and other niceties that are beyond the dreams of the average citizen. “And yet we still call it the Communist Party and socialism,” he said.

The China’s Communist party has only 80 million members, around 6 percent of a population of 1.3 billion. And only a minute fraction of that 6 percent hold a position exalted enough to enjoy the Trump-like lifestyle described above. In a nation that still has 800 million dirt-poor peasant farmers this is worse than a “let them eat cake” ruling class.

These next-generation rulers who will someday inherit the “Mandate of Heaven” from their parents have figured out that the Communist Party’s suffocating corruption is what threatens to destroy Chinese society—not dissidents or the foreign journalists who write about them. Sadly, this is something China’s policy makers and the army of government apologists and public affairs attack dogs who drive home their dictates have not yet figured out. And an innocent, two-year old girl is only the latest of millions to have paid the price for their corruption.

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