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The Paradox of China’s Communism, in Two Headlines

New stories published in The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg highlight a fundamental problem with China's efforts to promote communist ideology at home and around the globe.

By NTK Staff | 11.29.2018 @2:00pm
The Paradox of China’s Communism, in Two Headlines

Two stories published in prominent media outlets this week exposed a fundamental paradox about China’s brand of communism: the country is attempting to promote authoritarianism at home and abroad, while its most powerful figures benefit from capitalism.

The Wall Street Journal published a story Thursday, “Scholars Warn of Chinese Influence Operations in U.S.,” based on a study from “32 longtime China watchers.”

In a new report, 32 longtime China watchers warned that the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to influence U.S. universities, media, think tanks and companies—but haven’t included attempted election-meddling—have become so pervasive that they are undermining democratic processes, all while many Americans remain unaware.

…The goal of the Chinese Communist Party’s influence operations, the report says, is to promote views sympathetic to China’s authoritarian government while suppressing alternative perspectives. Beijing is also preventing U.S. organizations from engaging with Chinese society, it adds.

The report is significant, but one of many in recent years suggesting Chinese Communist Party officials have attempted to influence American institutions.

Then there’s another story published Thursday in Bloomberg titled, “How Come There Are So Many Billionaires in Communist China?”

The key part:

The story of how China’s Communist Party, long an opponent of capitalist ideology, created one of history’s greatest breeding grounds for personal wealth begins four decades ago when then party patriarch Deng Xiaoping introduced reforms that would drastically transform the country into the world’s second-biggest economy.

The story also answers questions like “Why has China’s Communist Party let people get rich?” and “So the party supports personal wealth?” It’s worth a read, and may lead to a broader examination of how the Chinese can be aggressively communist and capitalist at the same time.

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