Monday, October 01, 2007

So, there is now even more rumors of Xi Jinping being elevated into the Standing Committee. Perhaps he may even take over from Zeng as the vice secretary of the party. That would truly be shocking.....But then there is a "princeling" advantage. Princelings tend to have many more allies than an "ordinary" cadre who rises up the ranks because an ordinary cadre only has allies in places where he or she has worked, but princelings have allies everywhere. Also, because they can more easily access central subsidies and private investment through connections, they tend to be very popular everywhere they serve since they are able to bring in the money.

Dear Professor Shih: there's no vice secretary of the CCP...only the vice president of the PRC.
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