Orville Schell on the China crackdown

Key extracts from the article, first published here and available here too:

With its evolution from an anti-corruption drive to a far broader purge of political and ideological rivals, many fear that China is now regressing into a period of neo-Maoism.

The proliferation of security organizations under Xi Jinping today is hauntingly suggestive of this Ming precursor.

Just as Ming emperors abolished the position of prime minister, he has marginalized the position of the modern-day premier.

Now that China is sliding ineluctably backward into a political climate more reminiscent of Mao Zedong in the 1970s than Deng Xiaoping in the 1980s, more and more educated Chinese are making allusions to such frightening periods of Chinese history as the Cultural Revolution and the Ming dynasty.

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