November 10, 2008ChinaForeign Affairsinternal securitypolitics

Mass incidents

Riots with Chinese characteristics

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

It looks like a term used in quantum physics. But it’s a term used in China. Rather, by China. Mass incidents cover anything from public protests and demonstrations to violent riots. Their number might be increasing, but details remain sketchy.

So even as China’s actions in geoeconomics are being closely watched—not least due to a gigantic stimulus package that over 15% of its annual GDP—one little mass incident should be noted. An angry mob torched a police station over a traffic-related accident…in Shenzen.

Yes, you should be properly concerned.

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