Chinese leaders fret about unrest as economy sours

 

One of China’s most senior officials has acknowledged that the souring global economy has the government on edge. According to an official New China News Agency report Saturday, China’s top security chief warned provincial officials to brace for unrest if financial conditions continue to deteriorate. Zhou Yongkang, a member of China’s nine-person Politburo Standing Committee, said the country should focus on developing better “social management” — a euphemism for control aimed at stamping out opposition and demonstrations. “Faced with the negative impact of the market economy, we still have not established a complete social management system,” Zhou said. “How to establish a social management with Chinese characteristics to suit the socialistic market economic system in China is the most pressing task we face today.”

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