“What’s the point of running the Communist Party if you can’t get a couple billion for your family?”
Quote of the day there from a story that's been lighting up the boards all over China-interested twitter for the past 48 hours.
It's nice work, though maybe not quite living up to the ballyhoo. XJP aside, they haven't really nailed anybody senior currently operating at Poliburo level. And it's interesting that the brother in law of China's president has bajillions squirreled away in the British Virgin Islands, but no more of a surprise than it would be to learn this of the brother in law of the President of Anywhere. That's what the system is for, whatever the system happens to be where anyone may be living, at least according to the people who work it most successfully. That's why there's a whole industry offering high class financial laundry services across the world, to presidential brothers-in-law of all nations.
In fact, the impression I get from this is that China has finally, irrevocably, arrived. It's finally dumped its own cadre of gold plated, countries-are-for the-little people bloated hustlers into the global overclass gene pool. It has reached the summit of contemporary aspirations, made ISO standards of international dodginess. It has finally punched its weight. If you were exceptionally cynical you could even argue that the Party has fuilfilled its historic mission, though the Party wouldn't see it that way.