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Sinica Podcast: How we underestimate popular support for Chinese political leadership

This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live.


This week on Sinica, Neil Thomas of MacroPolo sits down with Kaiser to talk about what we know — and what we don’t know — about popular support for the Chinese political leadership. Taking into account the effects of censorship and propaganda, how much “natural” regime support is left, and what explains it?

8:51: How reliable are public opinion surveys of regime support?

19:53: Ian Johnson’s NYT op-ed on the October 1 parade

22:20: The Party and the People

38:18: Anniversaries and “dark anniversaries” — the significance of 2019

43:56: Hong Kong and Party legitimacy

Also see:

Why Chinese people don’t hate their government


Listen now to: Neil Thomas on regime support in the P.R.C.

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  1. Adrian Scheffler Reply

    Kaiser, I think your concern for xinjiang comes across as insincere. Its the same talking points again and again without any inkling of self reflection. For sure the situation is bad. Ethnic/religious conflict is always bad and there will always be injustice and bloodshed in the course of it. So what is the alternative American model for dealing with this problem? Judging from your hate for Trump I can assume you voted for Hillary. And what does Hillary stand for? Throwing bombs on foreign countries to bring them “democracy”. Quite recently she argued for throwing bombs on Syria as well, as throwing Iraq into chaos wasnt enough. So let me turn this “we Americans think you Chinese dont hate your government enough” into “we Europeans think you Americans dont hate your government enough.” And hating Trump does not count. The left elite is not better, arguably maybe worse. I dont want to defend the Chinese government, but if we just compare the results I think the American model is just not very convincing. The middle east is destabilized and there are millions of dead and displaced people. Terror and bloodshed are part of the daily life there. In xinjiang we have (maybe) a million people in labor camps, but at least no violence in the last years. Also bad, but I think in comparison its still better. So maybe you can make some better suggestion or find a new talking point, because just repeating “evil Chinese in xinjiang” is getting boring.

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