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Zi Yang is a researcher and consultant on China affairs. He covers Chinese politics, security, and emerging markets. Zi holds an MA from Georgetown University and a BA from George Mason University. Follow him on Twitter @MrZiYang.
Besides being an active participant in government-led anti-smuggling operations, the China Sugar Association also fights smuggling with its own initiatives, such as offering cash rewards to anyone who turn-in a smuggler to the authorities.
Xi Jinping’s China is witnessing the unfolding of a cultural revival campaign. Although state-driven cultural revival is a win with the mostly conservative Chinese, the Party-state’s leading position in the campaign means it has all the power to determine what is an 'outstanding' element of traditional culture.
Despite the growth of China’s security budget in recent years, the state’s seemingly inability to stamp out the drug business shows us the corrupting effects of the trade on local administrators who protected traffickers for financial gains.
Unlike their large and globally renowned Western counterparts, Chinese private security companies are small, young and largely unknown. But the industry has grown rapidly and is already worth hundreds of millions of dollars.