U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke says the Chinese are upset with the country’s Communist Party, and the political situation in Beijing is "very, very delicate."
“There is a growing frustration among the people over the operations of government, corruption, lack of transparency, and issues that affect the Chinese people on a daily basis that they feel are being neglected,” Locke said in an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep
When asked whether the situation in China is stable, Locke said, “It's very — it's, I think, very delicate — very, very delicate. And — but there were calls earlier this year for a Jasmine revolution and nothing came of it. I think it would take something very significant, internal to China, to cause any type of major upheaval.”
Nonetheless, Communist Party leaders are worried, he said.
“They're very concerned about domestic tranquility and stability, especially as it might influence and impact their ability to maintain control over the country and to — and the strength and the viability of the communist party,” he said, according to an NPR transcript.
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