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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Xi Jinping: The Illusion of Greatness | by Ian Johnson | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

Politics is always about pomp and pageantry, but as pure, stultifying ritual few occasions can compare to the convening of the Chinese parliament, the National People’s Congress, which ended this week. No matter what is happening in China or the world, it always follows the same eye-glazing program—a “work report” that summarizes already-known plans; questionable proposals that are discussed to make it seem that a deliberative body is convening; gatherings of delegations that are unelected and largely powerless; and finally a press conference that is as real as a fight in a kung-fu movie.


The NYRB is one of the few places you can get long-form reporting on the PRC that I know of, and it's somewhat critical too.

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