One Party, Many Vassals
Revival of Regionalism in China and Governance Challenges of the Party State
By Weiqing Song
This article appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of The Independent Review.
Contemporary China is a country of various regional vassalsquasi-autonomous lords who compete against each other and sometimes challenge Beijing, yet who remain tied together by the Chinese Communist Party. Their reemergence during the past few decades illustrates the problems that Chinas growing provincial disparities have created for the central government.
Weiqing Song is an assistant professor in political science in the Department of Government and Public Administration at the University of Macau.