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For years, analysts of domestic Chinese politics have been pondering this important question: With riots and protests increasing to more than 150,000 incidents a year, how close is China from an Arab-style mass uprising that could result in the destruction of the dictatorial Chinese Communist Party (CCP)?
Even though the Party’s “political-legal apparatus” — the labyrinthine network of police and secret-police units headed by Zhou Yongkang, a “super-hawk” in the Politburo Standing Committee — has taken extra precautions due to the upcoming 18th CCP Congress, the number of disturbances has increased dramatically.
The long-standing trouble spots of Tibet and Xinjiang have been rocked by mishaps ranging from the self-immolation of Tibetan monks to attempted hijackings in Xinjiang, which is home to 9 million Uighurs.
Earlier this week, tens of thousands of angry citizens in the backwater town of Shifang, Sichuan Province were locked in confrontation with police over the construction of an environmentally unfriendly cooper alloy plant.
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