Governance of today’s PRC is a complex, demanding process. In any week across the country there are protests and clashes between different groups, with people vying with each other to promote their businesses, family or political interests. In that sense, contemporary Chinese society is in ferment. Since 2001, this has only increased. In 2011, there were as many as 180,000 protests (Orlik, 2011), two of which (concerning a highspeed rail crash in Zhejiang, and the treatment of land repossessions in a town in Guangdong) attracted international attention. Whatever else it might be, the PRC of the second decade of the twenty-first century was not a calm or relaxing place.
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