The Economist has marked the 100th birthday of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) with one of its context-rich historical essays. It puts its money on the side of the party’s continuing adaptability and resilience. This is probably the orthodox position. But, as the Economist’s editorial staff themselves say when hedging their bets, only time will tell.
The more optimistic among us might look beyond the party’s seemingly-monolithic strength and see it – in pleasingly Marxist terms – as a prisoner of its own fundamental contradictions.