China’s Collapse Will Be Worse Than Soviet Union, Xinhua Says
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China’s Collapse Will Be Worse Than Soviet Union, Xinhua Says


Russell Leigh Moses notes at China Real Time that a recent Xinhua News Agency headline, “The consequences of China’s collapse will be even worse than the Soviet Union’s,” has sparked a strong debate on Chinese social media sites. According to Moses, Xinhua warns that China could face misery and poverty because of “the destabilizing activity of its growing population of microbloggers.” In January Gao Yu at Seeing Red in China published a leaked speech Xi Jinping apparently gave to Party members in which he attributed the Soviet Union’s collapse to the lack of ideological conviction on the part of its Communist leaders. Chinese leaders have long debated the causes of the Soviet Union’s collapse.

APT1, the hacking group exposed as a PLA unit in a February computer security report, tried to take control of an industrial water plant in a U.S. municipality last December, MIT Technology Review reports. A computer security expert lured them in by setting up a fake, decoy industrial water plant. “You would think that Comment Crew wouldn’t come after a local water authority,” the expert said. “I actually watched the attacker interface with the machine. It was 100 percent clear they knew what they were doing.” The expert noted that APT1 was far from the only group intentionally trying to break into industrial projects water control plants.

China is considering loosening the restrictions on having a second child for many Chinese families, Bloomberg News reports, citing a Xinhua report that itself cited the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

Over at Jing Daily, Liz Flora reports that the Chinese first lady , Peng Liyuan, was included on Vanity Fair’s historic “best dress” list this year, while Michelle Obama did not make the cut. My colleague Jon has pointed out that Peng Liyuan could be seen as China’s answer to Michelle Obama. Perhaps he had it backwards?

Steve LeVine notes over at Quartz that for all the talk from U.S. officials about establishing a new Silk Road as a means of stabilizing Afghanistan, China is the one actually making progress on this front

Little Helmsman
August 9, 2013 at 06:32

I think the CCP does not really know what to do in this changing world.  Increasing economic development is a disruptive force in itself.  So far the CCP has managed to stay in power even though the country has changed profoundly from the Maoist years.  It will be interesting to see how this will play out in 10-15 years or even sooner.  It is tough to be a CCP officials they are aware they are living on borrowed time.  The ire of the people over CCP corrupt practices is just below the surface.  What a very strange political system they have in China!

August 8, 2013 at 02:03

And the next wave of break-away will be Guangdong, Guangxi and Yunnan.

August 6, 2013 at 18:44

The collapse will be in 2014,a much belated event expected by many China old hands such as Godon Chang,the collapse will result in Shina China first desolves into eight countries,East Turkestan and Tibet independence,inner and Outer Mongolia merge

Kangmin Zheng
August 6, 2013 at 00:05

Have anyone noticed Mao bowed to Stallin in the picture?   CCP forgot Russia invaded and  took huge land north of China during 1800 far east expansion. 

August 5, 2013 at 15:25

I think the west should spend less time fantasising about China's collapse and spend on energy on resolving their economic problems.

9 dashes, 4 dishes, 1 soup
August 5, 2013 at 14:14

Excellent comment. 

Westerners are too impatient. I don't think China will 'collapse'. I don't know what the word means exactly. Overthrow of the CPC? Maybe that could happen without a 'collapse'. Civil war? The CPC could remain in power a long time, even if there was a civil war. 

There have been periods of serious turmoil in China that dragged on for centuries.  

9 dashes, 4 dishes, 1 soup
August 5, 2013 at 14:10

I read about the hacking incident. It took place in December, 2012. It remains to be seen what effect, if any, the 'shirtsleeve summit' had on Chinese cyber-attacks. If these incidents are continuing after the little Rancho Mirage summit',  it would demonstrate that there can be no agreement worth making with Beijing. 

I suspect some Chinese attacks have already succeeded and are lying dormant. 

August 5, 2013 at 05:07

Most know that China is ripe for collapse mainly because of corruption and injustice by the repressive leadership of China. But Xinhua is blaming such a collapse, on the actions of netizens blogging about the corrupt Chinese government, which is exactly what one would expect to read from a Chicom controlled media source like Xinhua. Translation: Blame China's collapse on bloggers, not the Chinese government!

Must be a sign of internal struggle going on again within the party as some officials are getting booted from Xi's camp!




August 4, 2013 at 18:17

China isn't going anywhere. Every chinese I spoke too is pretty happy and those that arn't are too tired or broke to do anything about it. 

TV Monitor
August 4, 2013 at 12:08

The very fact that the Chinese state media speaks of the possibility of the collapse of the People's Republic means the that long-predicted event is finally coming to realization. Too bad the KMT is not ready nor capable of taking over the situation and China will fall into a civil war.

But this is a good news for the people of Tibet, Turkestan, Inner Mongolia and Manchuria who will finally be free from the Communisty tyranny. 

August 4, 2013 at 11:03

Is that why Jinping's sister lives in Canada? What about his first wife?

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