Lying in a Beijing military hospital in 1990, General Wang Zhen told a visitor he felt betrayed. Decades after he risked his life fighting for an egalitarian utopia, the ideals he held as one of Communist China’s founding fathers were being undermined by the capitalist ways of his children -- business leaders in finance, aviation and computers.
“Turtle eggs,” he said to the visiting well-wisher, using a slang term for bastards. “I don’t acknowledge them as my sons...”
... Today, the 71-year-old Wang Jun is considered the godfather of golf in China
Bloomberg’s got another stemwinder up on the ‘eight immortals’, the senior revolutionaries who first helped bring Mao to power and then united behind Deng’s reform programme, and thereby gained considerable rewards for their families.
Good stuff for the most part, though I incline to the view that overclass privilege is something China has in common with the democracies; but then I’m a citizen – technically a subject – of a nation whose current leader got his first job because his mother in law made a phone call from Buckingham Palace. And if you want overpromoted scions destroying your country’s reputation, I give you George W Bush.