Friday 24 Sep 2021 | 18:36 | SYDNEY
Friday 24 Sep 2021 | 18:36 | SYDNEY

Wednesday linkage: Super Trawler, Xi Jinping, Burma, Papua and more


Sam Roggeveen


12 September 2012 11:44

For nearly the entirety of the CCP’s rule, it’s projected the image of an all-powerful monolith that’s not to be f***ed with. Refusing to acknowledge that top leaders are encumbered by personal lives or bodily functions like the rest of us is part of this image. This probably explains the instinctive suppression of what could be no more than a back injury....

...I’m reminded of the scene in Wizard of Oz where Dorothy and her pals are confronted by the enormous “great and powerful Oz.” But they eventually discover that it’s just a weak man pulling levers as he pathetically implores the gang to “pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.” When you peak behind the CCP curtain, it’s full of scared and vulnerable people, wondering what badly-needed moves toward transparency will mean for them and the way they’ve lived their lives.