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Unhappy 60th, comrades

The Chinese Communist party no longer really knows what it is there to achieve

By Jonathan Fenby   October 2009

Above: China needs a new economic model—but can its leaders deliver one? 

On 1st October 2009 China will mark the 60th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s proclamation of the People’s Republic. The celebration will be orchestrated by film director Zhang Yimou, who ran the spectacular opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Communist party leader and state president Hu Jintao will extol the country’s success, as economic figures show it roaring out of 2008’s economic downturn. Enthusiasts for the Chinese model will again proclaim it on course to overtake the west.

They have much to point to given the…

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