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"Rationally handling group incidents" in China

Just a quick note: This upcoming year will see a shuffling of the deck (probably seven of nine seats) at the Politburo Standing Committee, the very core of power in China. Against that backdrop, the Global Times, a state-run tabloid, carried an editorial yesterday about the prospect of incidents of social unrest in China during 2012. More specifically, it offered guidance on how we should think about such matters.

An excerpt:

"China's group incidents are characterized by reasonable requirements as well as extreme demands. It's hard to generalize. Various reforms are proceeding in China and are driving improvements in people's livelihoods. In general, the public has a positive expectation for social development and China will continue to hold a favorable position on the international stage.

Chinese society in 2012 will be shaped by various forces as well as various problems. What's important is not to exaggerate the implication of certain issues, for example, minor matters shouldn't be given attention that is out of proportion  to their scope.

China is learning to deal with group incidents. It is still uncertain about the results of those protests, how will they develop and what the solution is. Protests usually disturb Chinese more than they disturb people in other countries. 

China should make substantial efforts to reduce group incidents, including doing its utmost to eliminate public dissatisfaction, ensuring smooth communication channels and promoting favorable social sentiment. These are the basis for social stability and harmony. 

But it's far from enough. China should avoid allowing grass-roots mass incidents to become national political issues. This is particularly important considering the forthcoming 18th National Congress of the Communist Party. Much of the public has the impression that society may easily get caught up in turbulence during this national party congress year. If the authorities focus too much on group incidents, they will encourage certain people to mount protests as shortcut way of realizing and maximizing their interests."

(The full text can be found by clicking here.)

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Helen

Did the western patients go overseas for stem cells treatment knew the source of the stem cells they got?
One of my friends’ only child named Hanluping would be study in Harvard or Yale, he might be the elected president of China if he wasn’t been stolen too many his stem cells to death in one of the most famous hospital named Beijing Jishuitan Hospital. However, he died 18 days after an operation that was only supposed to remove a small green bean sized tumor in his left leg bone. He was secretly stolen enormous amount of stem cells during his treatment in hospital. The doctors who murdered him were still famous internationally. There were no charges laid because of the corruption judiciary system in China. The 16years old boy’s stem cells might have been gone to international black market. For those who seek stem cell treatment overseas, how can you know that the stem cells you get isn’t from a healthy stranger that been killed by some greedy doctors just like Hanluping?

David Lloyd-Jones

Tom,

I enjoy your good posts -- and I've referenced this one on my Facebook page (I'm David Lloyd-Jones3, so you don't get the wrong one).

My thought has been that demonstrations, about 30,000 a year, are tolerated by the regime, but you make me wonder how true this is, or for low long.

Best,

-dlj.

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