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Review Aug 24, 2022

Henan protests: the “Chinese dream” in tatters? China Review 04/2022


The Code Red scandal, which has sent shockwaves through Chinese society, has shown that rapid digitalisation and the government’s overwhelming influence in the technology sector can be used against people. The hunt for the guilty is ongoing, but some of the key figures in the scandal, who are linked to criminal groups, have suddenly disappeared and reportedly fled the country. Severe penalties for local high-ranking politicians play a more symbolic role in reassuring the public. The decision not to expel from the party means that corrupt politicians will be able to continue to hold political office in the future.

Associate Expert of RESC China Research Program, PhD student at VU Institute of International Relations and Political Science. Raigirdas holds a bachelor’s degree in Asian and Pacific Studies (Chinese Studies) from Lancashire Central University (UK). After studying, he went to China, where he spent five years studying and working. Raigirdas completed a year-long intensive Chinese language and culture course at the Sichuan University (Confucius Institute Scholarship). In 2020, he graduated from Sichuan University (China) with a Master’s degree in International Relations in Chinese. Raigirdas interests: sinology, Chinese foreign and domestic policy, history of the PRC, relations and conflicts between East Asian countries.