It was a Gang of Five, not a Gang of Four.

I haven’t followed Chinese politics at all for years, but this story in the Guardian caught my eye, since I noticed that many in the West, including the redoubtable Nouriel Roubini, were speculating that the fall of Bo was of major policy significance. The Maoists seem destined to play the role of a grumpy rump group in Chinese society, but unlike Russia, there hasn’t been the kind of organizational rupture with the old ideology that has formalized this. It will be interesting to see when the current leadership of the CPC feels confident enough to dispense with the pretense.

Reminds me that Walden Bello once argued to me a decade ago that the Chinese development model was definitely not neoliberal like the rest of Asia. Say what?

 

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