Transition of Power in China
One may expect a transition in power in China, just don’t expect it to reflect the will of the people. This author had the occasion to speak to a young lady from China. She is a real bona fide, card carrying member of the Communist Party, well, almost. “I haven’t paid my annual dues for awhile.” When questioned about how she felt about China and its rulers she said, “We Chinese love are country but hate and don’t trust our government.”
Governance in China appears to have always been problematic. Certainly geography plays a major part [see chap on geography]. Consisting of vast deserts, high mountain ranges, andwide flowing rivers, it ranges across the distance of five international time zones. At least the central government got a handle on this time-zone thing. Soon after the communist take over, Beijing in its wisdom declared the entire country as being under one time zone, which it conveniently named Beijing Time or China Standard Time (CST). Okay, we’ve got that problem handled…check.
Now let’s go onto the over fifty ethnic minorities. Then again, let’s not..at least for the moment. Later on take a look at the chapter addressing this and the ongoing strife and repression that it engenders. For now, let’s really simplify this Chinese ruling power thing. In fact, perhaps it might serve to view a geopolitical map of China as that game we all used to play as a kid, the game of Chinese Checkers.
Remember that game called “Chinese Checkers”, you know, the one where you moved marbles across a board, trying to be first to fill in all the positions ob the opposite side with marbles of your own color, jumping over you own marbles and those of you opponent in the quest to finish on top? Well, that’s is an apt analogy for the way things work in the political world of the top Chinese leadership. Label 33 of the spaces on the game board as the provinces of China, with its individual Communist Party Chiefs, and the game is on. You may recall, it’s also that game where, when someone got excited and bumped the board while making a move, it disrupted the placement of all the other marbles, then the game would have to be reorganized and start the jockeying for advantageous positions all over again. If you can picture that, you pretty much have a picture of how the whole political system works in China.