‘The Biggest Taboo’: An Interview with Qiu Zhijie

Johnson: You don’t feel that things are harsher or tighter now?

Qiu: It’s like this: because the anticorruption crackdown was so harsh, officials don’t dare act or do anything. Everyone speaks in formulaic language, and reads the Party’s documents. That kind of atmosphere isn’t good. Actual measures are few, but you do feel a kind of authoritarianism that’s worse than before.

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