- The Party Doesn’t Exist: It’s not registered as a political party and the government (nor any other body) have oversight into it. “The Party… (relies).. on the single line in the preamble of the constitution, about it’s ‘leading role’, as the basis for it’s power.“(p.22)
- Most Companies Have Parallel Communist Structures: I remember the idea of part parallel organizations in Communist Russia for state industry and the military, but the the success of the part to place them both into Chinese and International companies, including Wal-Mart (p.214) was eye-opening.
- The Silence On the Cultural Revolution: McGregor takes a lot of time on this because of the significance of it’s impact on the population. It seems they’ve taken Russia’s ownership of the Stalinist atrocities as a cautionary tale.
Effectively, they have added the equivalent of the US economy domestically! Without including the strides they’ve made into other markets, especially in the Pacific and Africa, this internal economic growth has halved our impact on the Chinese economy. Above anything else, this really impressed upon me the changing power dynamics of the US-China relationship.