Anxious Times in a Rising China Lurching Toward a New Social Compact

Shank, Megan; Wasserstrom, Jeffrey
January 2012
Dissent (00123846);Winter2012, Vol. 59 Issue 1, p5
The article examines the relationship between Chinese citizens and the Chinese government, particularly the Chinese Communist Party, in 2011. The authors argue that the Chinese Communist Party experienced anxiety concerning potential protests by Chinese citizens following the so-called Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East during 2011. The article cites the organization Chinese Human Rights Defenders to state that the government formally detained 26 Chinese citizens in 2011. The authors also argue that a dissonance existed between the so-called public relations efforts made by the Chinese government and events such as a July 2011 train accident and an environmental protest in August 2011 that emphasized differences between the Chinese government and its citizens.


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