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January 20, 2006

Coming From Him

...it's a worrying admission.

Land conflicts, fluctuating crop prices and backward conditions in the countryside are threatening China's stability and its food supply, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said in unusually blunt comments published Friday.

Posted by tree hugging sister at January 20, 2006 04:05 PM


He went on to say, "But guys, just like social freedoms, don't worry, we're working on it as hard as we can."

Reminds me of my favorite sales quote:
"Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, did you enjoy the play?"

Posted by: Ebola at January 21, 2006 12:07 PM

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the Chicoms are soon going to be run out of power.

Posted by: Gunslinger at January 21, 2006 05:03 PM

From what I've read (admittedly not comprehensive), the Chinese economy is a facade of capitalism, and remains a socialist style ("Need more money, comrade? PRINTERS!") banking system in the background, propping up industries with fiat currency. This does tie in with that, somewhat. Interesting.

Posted by: The_Real_JeffS at January 21, 2006 06:49 PM

I'm thinking that the brave folks who showed up ~ some of whom got carted away in buses for 'questioning' ~ for Zhao Ziyang's memorial probably caused a few raised eyebrows and twinges of worry.

Posted by: tree hugging sister at January 22, 2006 10:45 AM