The harmonious society

Well, I know I just said I was on vacation, but there’s always time for one more post.

It seems China is making great strides in reducing the number of anti-government demonstrations, now down to a mere trickle at 39,000 in the first half of 2006.

The Chinese government, which has battled a surge of social unrest in recent years, reported Wednesday that there were 39,000 cases of “public order disruptions” in the first half of the year.

The Ministry of Public Security said that represented a 2.5% decrease in the number of protests from the same period in 2005, though it offered no explanation of how it had come up with the figures.

China is in the midst of dramatic social and economic transformations that have created a two-tier society separated by a widening gap in incomes. Social discontent has been on the rise in recent years, fueled by income disparities, land disputes, pollution problems and an inadequate legal system that is widely seen as failing to address people’s needs.

Beijing is normally reluctant to disclose negative information, especially about public disturbances that could tarnish China’s international reputation and undermine one-party control. But in recent years, the central government has grown increasingly concerned about the effect of unrest on economic development and social stability.

President Hu Jintao has made the promotion of a “harmonious society” the cornerstone of his administration, hoping to strike a tone of balance in a country grappling with lopsided growth and a rising sense of inequality.

I love the smell of propagandaprogress in the morning. Harmony is on the march, and protests against the magnanimous CCP are in their last throes.

Via CDT.

The Discussion: 4 Comments

How does reducing campaigns increase harmony?

I always thought that the 游行法 was stupid. Sort of like, “You can only protest about what we want you to protest about.” It’s like elections. “We’ll only hold elections when we’re sure we’ll be elected.” Hmm…

August 10, 2006 @ 7:47 pm | Comment

The CCP is even more successful than it realizes! With the economy growing at 10%, and riots not only not growing apace, but rather SHRINKING a walloping 2.5% CLEARLY shows that the government is in fact 12.5% more harmonious.

Thank Mao for Hu Jintao and his seasoned leadership!

August 11, 2006 @ 1:54 am | Comment

Hey Peg…I goof around with Aramel because of her age…but she’s sharp as a tack. Be careful who you disparage…that’s girl’s gonna run this country one day!

August 11, 2006 @ 5:26 am | Comment

Sorry, Peg is now officially banned for trolling. I was suspicious of him from the start and warned him. Yesterday he tested his luck and lost.

Richard’s definition of a troll: someone who comes in and drops a lot of comments, each one aimed not at pursuing a dialogue but to ridicule other commenters and throw the thread off course. I get furious at a lot of comments from regular contributors here, but their comments never get deleted. You have to be in the Jessica Copeland category for that, where every comment is an incitement. Square Peg finally proved himself, and takes his place with Jessica, Bobby Fletcher, Arabian Nights and one or two others.

August 11, 2006 @ 10:15 am | Comment

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