A Tale of Torture and Politics in Chongqing
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  • If his police chief had not defected to the U.S. embassy, we would never have found out a thing about what was going on in that particular province. What about the others? Is China a thugocracy?

  • And so a new warlord has achieved prominence. That’s no surprise. They have plagued China for centuries. What’s really important here is what this says about the central government. Is it so weak that it must try to co-opt him? Or so weak that it can’t resist him? Or so strong that it simply doesn’t care? My money is on weakness. Look for more of these political and/or military regional bosses to pop up in the next few months and hope that their mutual antipathies stay contained within China’s borders. As the old Chinese saying goes: May you live in interesting times. We’re there!

  • “In China the underworld and officialdom have interpenetrated and become one. Criminal elements have become officialized as officials have become criminalized. Underworld chiefs carry tittles in the National People’s Congress and the People’s Political Consultative Conference, while civil officials rely on the underworld to keep the lid on local society.” Liu Xiaobo

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