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China's Provincial Politics in 1971: A Biographical Approach.

Published 1973

by George C. S. Sung

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The author examines Chinese provincial politics in 1971 by analyzing a number of identifiable biographical factors (field army affiliation, military-regional affiliation, generation, military/civilian, commander/commissar) in support of the general hypothesis that changing leaders, the need for Second Secretaries, a mixture of field army affiliations in each committee, and "outsider" appointments have contributed to political instability in the provinces. He finds, moreover, that (1) the military regional factor is becoming a stronger indicator of corporate and personal loyalty than the previously dominant field army affiliation; (2) military regional commanders are the factional bosses; and (3) "outsiders" in a military region are more vulnerable than "insiders" in a crisis. Since 1971, younger men are emerging in the regions and at the center, and civilians are displacing military leaders in party and government. If these trends continue, can China become a more stable and unified country? 32 pp.

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