Power makes money, money makes power, this is not unusual. That the owners of power have innate intention to pass on the privilege to their children, as well, is more than estimable. But the specific degree of such phenomena in China have nonetheless long been clouded as a taboo.
This, if any one has done the research, must have been a top secret. But thanks to the “unusual openness” of Chinese media, a striking figure comes to the light. Perhaps what surprised us more is no longer the expected fact how notable the monopolization of social wealth is associated with political power, but that what unprecedented honesty allows these figures slip into Xinhua News, the state-owned media, and open to public.
The figures are revealed in two sets of reports which are both quoted in a professor’s article on a newspaper. The article is put online on Xinhua.net, named “Word of worry: what’s behind the groups of astonishing numbers”. It was soon called into attention in blogsphere. Muji in Bullog.cn picked the text and exposed the most significant data on the title:
The original article says
What’s more telling is the data revealed by a co-effort of several central research agencies, including the Research Center of State Council and Central Academy of CPC:
Up to March this year, 27310 people in China possess, each of them, a fortune over 50 million (Yuan), 3220 with over 100 million each, and 2932 of them are children of senior officials; their aggregate fortune amounts to 2045 billion. The further study finds that, the fortune is mostly derived from illegal income facilitated by their family’s political power, and illegal income that is from legal sources (as read in the original text—translator).
Netizen 常非常 reply almost immediately:
(the revolution is alluded to the 1949 Communism revolution that establish PRC—translator)
It gains 60 clicks of “support”.
This is such an incomplete work. If the fortune transferred to foreign countries are included, we could say, finally, communism is achieved among the children of senior officials (高干子弟).
刘亚玲x1300000000 questioned the twisted saying in the article:
It will be legal if it is so said, it will be illegal if it is then said. The illegal is legal, the legal is illegal, and all is decided by our mother Party .
杨佳第二 (2nd Yang Jia) on the contrary, has no time to mock and sigh, but furiously yelled: