Blood ties rule China: an interactive map revealing the ruling elite’s relationships
Wall Street Journal has created a wonderful interactive map that traces five generations of blood ties of China’s ruling elite.
The interactive map accompanies WSJ’s article by Jeremy Page, Children of the Revolution, explains the emergence of “Princelings,”
The offspring of party leaders, often called “princelings,” are becoming more conspicuous, through both their expanding business interests and their evident appetite for luxury, at a time when public anger is rising over reports of official corruption and abuse of power.
A common conversation among Chinese people is the recklessness of children of wealthy government officials, otherwise known as, 富二代. The article points out that even The People’s Daily acknowledged the problem in a poll last year with over 91% of respondents agreeing that wealthy families have political connections.
Soon after the WSJ article was published, a Chinese new site, 看中国, posted an article based off of the details provided by the WSJ article. The Chinese article highlighted the expensive lifestyle of Bo Xilai’s (薄熙来) son, Bo GuaGau (薄瓜瓜). Bo Guagua went to some of the most expensive elite private schools in the UK, Papplewick and Harrow. He is now studying at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government:
*thank you to Chris Chang for referring me to 看中国 version of the WSJ article.