mandag 5. juli 2021

Theatrics or threat: How to handle China's Communist party at 100

As China's ruling Communist Party celebrates its auspicious anniversary, the debate is intensifying over how to deal with the renewed prominence of authoritarian values at the heart of the world's second largest economy. For the Communist Party, this is meant to be a moment for basking in the warm adulation of the masses, not for talk of a new Cold War.

And Max Baucus, the former US Democratic Party Senator who served as US ambassador to China from 2014 to 2017, finds himself in agreement. "The vast bulk of people in China… care very little about a change in the party because they're more concerned about their own lives," he says. "Living standards in China have risen dramatically in the last 20 years and they're very happy about that."