If the traffic police in Hessler’s book really thought they were up against an enemy agent, they should have interrogated him, but as it turned out, they thought nothing of it. This is how the system is cracking.
The communist party’s system for maintaining stability is indeed vast, yet it is not capable of controlling every one of those whose job it is to keep it going. It may take just one incident, involving one individual, for the ramparts of the system to crumble and collapse.
Among the huge force of people charged with maintaining stability in China, who can guarantee that none of them will cause such an incident?
Wang Dan is a visiting associate professor at National Tsing Hua University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Translated by Julian Clegg