Stirrings of unrest could portend turmoil as economies collapse
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(From LMT Online)
A second or third wave of coronavirus infections could rattle even authoritarian states such as China, whose ruling Communist Party has maintained a tight grip on its citizens for the past three decades by delivering soaring prosperity in return for political loyalty.
The announcement by the Chinese authorities on Friday that the Chinese economy had shrunk by 6.8% in the first quarter of 2020, marking the country’s first recession since capitalist-style reforms unleashed explosive growth in the 1990s, was a reminder that the social contract could be at risk, said Yasheng Huang, a professor with the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.