The reality of Chinese "communism"

China's pseudo-parliament has just had its annual meeting. (Just ten days: the rulers see no need to keep the show going longer).

According to the Financial Times (10 March), the official media's report on the sessions includes such headlines as: "Attractive females at sessions".

In another move giving the lie to China's "socialist" pretences, plans are moving ahead - vetted and approved in advance by the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television - for a Chinese version of the TV series "Gossip Girl," which glamourises a group of back-stabbing wealthy Manhattan dwellers.

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conspicious consumption

There's a report and photos here of the designer gear and accessories worn by delegates attending the so-called People's Congress.