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Chinese ‘princelings’ adherents of populism: Wang Dan

By Su Yung-yao and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

This shows the severe difference of opinions within the faction, Wang Dan said, adding that much of the antagonism stemmed from their fathers’ generation.


Aside from former Chinese leader Mao Zedong (毛澤東), most of the members of the CCP that founded the People’s Republic of China were more or less equal in station and power, and some of the political and war-time differences and grudges would of course pass over to their successors who are now fighting for positions of power, Wang Dan said.

Also saying that some of the princelings had been in the countryside for a time after their fathers lost power, Wang Dan said that the princelings tend to lean toward nationalism and use language that would draw people closer to them.

The princelings are more prone to acting out political drama to win the support of the people than the Youth League, Wang Dan said, adding that the repeated calls for anti-corruption since Xi Jinping had been sworn in as the official head of state were only a ploy to meet the public’s expectations.

“We will be seeing more of these events in the future, but we should keep in mind that such actions do not mean that the ruling elite consider themselves part of the proletariat,” Wang Dan said.

He added that the princeling would be at best adherents to populism, but certainly not democracy.

Wang concluded his analyses by saying that “personality dictates fate,” adding that the political personalities of the princelings would give Chinese politics “a stage filled with incessant plays” and that there could be no stable development of China under their rule.

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