Culture notes: China’s light-footed communists

Catherine Fieschi on why the West fails to grasp Bejing’s ability to adapt

The World Today Published 4 June 2021 2 minute READ

Catherine Fieschi

Director, Counterpoint

As it reaches its centenary, China’s Communist Party is the world’s largest with 92 million members. These numbers would make any political party envious – let alone one still living by a communist creed. 

For most of the West, China remains a political enigma. We may be starting to grasp its political will to power, but how it pursues an aggressively mercantile capitalism in the context of a one-party communist state is something we don’t quite get. We are still shocked by the country’s effective use of international trade as an ideological weapon on a scale and with a shamelessness rarely seen before. 

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