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February 03, 2011

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Myles

The whole thing is unbelievably idiotic. Isn't the simplest explanation that she's a chancer seeking to capitalise on made-up identities? The notion that the Chinese government would reconnoitre with some Christian-Maoist (seriously?) outfit is the best part: yeah, the present crew in Beijing would be willing to touch anything tinged Christian-Maoism with a thirty-foot pole.

Does Asia Times specialise in completely bonkers stories or something? I read their stories on CPC politics before, and it was so far off the mark it's surreal.

jamie

Isn't the simplest explanation that she's a chancer seeking to capitalise on made-up identities?

I don't think that's the simplest explanation.

Myles

I don't think that's the simplest explanation.

You might be right, although I am working from the assumption that some fix dealing with a obscure northern Indian province is probably the lowest-status job you can get within the CPC security-intelligence apparatus. It's miserable. It's like being assigned to the Namibia desk (if it exists) in the State Department. I just have a hard time believing that anyone in Beijing could take this seriously.

ajay

The notion that the Chinese government would reconnoitre with some Christian-Maoist (seriously?) outfit is the best part

This is a good point, but it's not definite that she's an official 100% Chinese government spy. Note this:

"Qing had apparently attempted to pass herself off as a traveling representative of a Chinese timber concern, a Naga student, or a Hong Kong television journalist".

She may actually be a representative of a Chinese timber concern, trying to stir stuff up or calm it down for purely commercial reasons. The doctrine of the Nagalim for Christ wouldn't really matter; just a question of 'can they keep the timber coming'.

Myles

She may actually be a representative of a Chinese timber concern, trying to stir stuff up or calm it down for purely commercial reasons.

I suspect she's just one of those intrepid do-and-say-anything-to-make-money Chinese can-do-ers, which means she's irrelevant.

I mean, the CPC does have efforts underway to undermine India, but this is just weird. There's a weird tendency to mirror-image what our own intelligence services would do unto the Chinese ministry of state security (MSS), but they just aren't that kind of organization. The Chinese Mossad isn't actually a Mossad.

In any case, the analysis I really want to read is an examination of the probable feedback loop between the legally and subtly corrupt princelings/coast faction and the development of rule of law and property rights in China. I don't think it's extant, because nearly everybody who comments publicly on Chinese politics have an odd preference for the more populist CYL faction, even though the latter are almost certainly not the ones advocating for more rule of law and property rights inside the CPC (they don't have the property interests that demand the protection of law). This stuff, on the other hand, is just weird.

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