China's Crackdown on Capitalism

Crony communism has businesspeople and peasants protesting state interference

Illustration by Harry Campbell for TIME

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When leaders begin blaming "international hostile forces" for problems at home, it's a sure sign they've got trouble. That's exactly what Chinese President Hu Jintao did recently in a speech, published by a Communist Party magazine, in which he accused outsiders of plotting to "westernize and divide China."

The hard-line rhetoric is likely aimed at diverting attention from a growing list of internal issues, including income inequality, unemployment and discontent over blatant land and money grabs by self-dealing state officials and developers. In the wake of the Arab Spring, which must have scared the daylights out of Beijing, Hu & co....

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