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Date published: 2006/01/19

The BBC says:

China has announced another rise in public disturbances in 2005, as rapid economic growth continued to spark social unrest.

The Public Security Ministry said it handled 87,000 public disturbances last year, a rise of more than 6% on 2004.

The figures come amid growing anger at official corruption and several high-profile land disputes between authorities and villagers.

China's leaders see social unrest as the biggest threat to their rule.

A ministry spokesman said the figure did not refer just to mass protests, but to all criminal cases linked to public disorder, including mob gatherings, obstruction of justice, fighting and trouble-making.

China's official statistics are unreliable.

Well a rather bold assertion from the BBC about China's statistics, how did that get past the BBC censors? But corruption certainly seems to be one of the big threats to China (along with sheer population size). Of course when money is at stake it is not very surprising that there is corruption. (Berlusconi, Bush, Chirac, Putin, etc., being other prime examples.) The rule of law is supposed to prevent such abuses, but the rule of law in China, as in the rest of the world, is skewed towards the government of the day.

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