China's Rising 'Working Class Insurrection' Problem

Tyler Durden's picture

Last week we highlighted the stunning images of China's "fists and daggers" police force training for a "working class insurrection." It appears to be good timing, given last night's terrible blasts in Urumqi. The chart below shows the worrying escalation in social unrest in China - at a time when the leadership is pushing a "strike first" anti-terrorist policy that appears to be failing badly. The "serious violent terrorist incident" that occurred last night in Urumqi, killing 31 and injuring 94, was the worst in years and prompted domestic security chief Meng Jianzhu to vow to strengthen a crackdown on the "arrogance of terrorists," but, as one analyst warns tightening controls on the Uighur region may be "smacking them in the face."



As Reuters reports,

he Xinjiang government could not be immediately reached for comment, but China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the attack "should be condemned jointly by the Chinese people and the international community".


"The Chinese government has the confidence and the ability to combat the terrorists," Hong said at a daily news briefing. "These terrorists are swollen with arrogance. Their schemes will not succeed."


In a posting on its Chinese-language microblog account, the U.S. Embassy said it offered condolences to victims of the "violent attack", but stopped short of labeling it terrorism.


In contrast, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences over what he called the "terrorist act" in Urumqi in a telegram to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, the Kremlin said, a day after a visit to Shanghai that produced a landmark agreement on supplies of Russian natural gas to China.


President Xi said police would tighten security at possible targets and vowed to "severely punish terrorists", Xinhua reported.

However, in recent weeks, China has intensified a crackdown on Uighurs in the region, jailing dozens for spreading extremist propaganda and manufacturing arms, among other charges.

Christopher Johnson, a former China analyst at the CIA, said China's leadership may eventually realize that a policy of constantly tightening controls on Xinjiang may not be effective in preventing attacks.


"I'm kind of doubtful that they are going to announce some sort of more liberal policy," said Johnson, who now works at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.


"But sooner or later I think they are going to have to come to that reality because the evidence is just smacking them in the face."

But hey - buy stocks because PMI printed in contraction but better than expected... even if employment was dismal.

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TeamDepends's picture

Terrorist:  Someone doing what you would do in the same situation.

prains's picture

Terrorist: anyone who wants to take on the Oligarchs and threaten their skim

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

Bro of the Sorrowful Figure's picture

one satan worshipping, war mongering, reptiallian oligarch's terrorist is every free man's freedom fighter.

Anusocracy's picture

A terrorist is a government employee doing his job.

macholatte's picture


The "serious violent terrorist incident" that occurred last night in Urumqi, killing 31 and injuring 94, was the worst in years and prompted domestic security chief Diane Feinstein has vowed to repeal the second amendment to the US Constitution and strengthen a crackdown on the "arrogance of terrorists and NRA members."

Antifaschistische's picture

Yes, the "Sons of Liberty".....the real "Tea Party" dudes....(not the fake one's roaming the political alleys today) would have absolutely 100% been considered terrorist by our current Washington administration.    

I'm wondering if they are even presented as hero's in the current public school history books or if they've been erased so not to give our young and impressionable any notion that resistance against those who "govern" us contains a shread of nobility.

Canary Paint's picture


To complete the picture this definition paints, we also need definitions for


-freedom fighter


Then, we can start to decipher the daily news.

ebear's picture

I can't imagine a situation where I would target civilians.

TrumpXVI's picture

It's "Revolutionary Activities 101".  If one is serious about stirring up shit, then civilians have to be targeted, but only if the blame can be pinned on TPTB.  Commit an atroctity, blame it on the status quo....but ONLY if you have visual "proof" that it was the establishment that did it.


(This is why "drone strikes" here within the boundaries of the U.S. will have to backfire if things ever get to that point.)

hot sauce technician's picture

Not quite.

Terror = specifically targeting civilians

Rakshas's picture

well there goes the "they hate us for our freedoms meme"....... they hate us for our chopsticks perhaps??

Thirtyseven's picture

Perhaps "freedom" isn't the right word. 

Replace with "because American politicians suck yards and yards of Israel cock"...yeah, somehow that seems to be more appropriate.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Uighur terrorists hate Chineses for blobbing up, crapping on their roadsides.


Oh, yeah, and because the CIA is financing their hatred.

Harbanger's picture

They mispelled Uyghur in the Article.  By coincidence these people also happen to be muzzies.

andrewp111's picture

It is not a coincidence. Being muzzie is why they continue to fight so hard for a lost cause. Muzzies only give up when they are dead.

buzzsaw99's picture

even china doesn't want to be a part of china

Thirtyseven's picture

Primordial attachments. 

Americans don't really understand the concept, but most people in the world have them.

Leraconteur's picture

...and said attachments are stupid and throwbacks to a tribalism that predates the human race.

So yes, Western Europeans, North Americans, and other evolved humans do not understand the concept of tribal conflict.

Rakshas's picture

......well I feel comforted in the knowledge that Al-CIA-DUH has nothing to do with any of these terror activities.......... Yeah.....

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


Christopher Johnson, a former China analyst at the CIA, said China's leadership may eventually realize that a policy of constantly tightening controls on Xinjiang may not be effective in preventing attacks.

"I'm kind of doubtful that they are going to announce some sort of more liberal policy," said Johnson, who now works at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

"But sooner or later I think they are going to have to come to that reality because the evidence is just smacking them in the face."

Don't hold your breath there, Christopher. I mean, look at US leadership. It's been drifting further from reality for decades.

PennilessPauper's picture

Violence begets violence.  They should outlaw war and make weed free.  Just have some commie company give it out for free. Oh and free munchies would help settle shit down as well.  The whole worlds a Ponzi scheme any way.

Offthebeach's picture

How long before Homeland Security starts crosstraining with China, Inc., slave labor cops ?

FeralSerf's picture

Workers of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your chains.

Crawdaddy's picture

Workers Unite has a stalinist ring to it.

People of the world unite. Throw off the chains imposed on you by those who think they have the right to order you around.

FeralSerf's picture

IQ level here seems to have deteriorated severely. But then what should one expect when ZH comment blogs have been taken over mostly by sock puppets? It was a Marxist, (not Stalinist), quote and meant to refer to China under the leadership of Mao who the Chinese still venerate. It was intended to be sarcasm that anyone with a triple digit IQ and some sense of history should have recognized.

billwilson's picture

"These terrorists are swollen with arrogance. Their schemes will not succeed."


These Han are swollen with arrogance. Their efforts at Chinese domination of lands and people that are not theirs will not succeed.

yrbmegr's picture

Their new BFF Vladimir will help them out.

disabledvet's picture

"the problem with communism is that workers really do want a better life." not so in capitalist world! how ironic that the "Communist Party people" want all their money in countries other than their own.

apparently they really did read Karl Marx.

Falling Down's picture

They just need ObamaPhones, EBT, fast-tracks to disability, some "cheap" car loans, ObamaCare, and some student loans thrown in for good measure. Just think of the possibilities if we export it all to them!

Problem solved!


q99x2's picture

Middle classes must be dangerous. You won't find any that in the US.

TheEndIsNear's picture

Not until hunger and starvation sets in on a widespread scale. Department of Fatherland Security (DHS) has been making mega purchases of ammo. Recently the TSA ordered 3,454,000 rounds of .347 SIG Caliber Ammunition, enough for its agents to fire 9,400 bullets a day, every day of the year.

gcjohns1971's picture


But they say that the purchase is phased over a decade, and that it isn't so much spread over time.

But they don't tell you that that is more ammo than the entire US Army, to include Reserves and National Guard and including Afghanistan and Iraq fired over 10 years.

They also don't explain why routine target practice would require hollow-points - which are more expensive but are indistinguishable for the shooter while training.  CONCLUSION: They are preparing to shoot at a lot of living things.

Leraconteur's picture

The Chinese will simply remove and kill the offending group and if that means everyone, that's what they will do. They will move in tens of millions of Han to take over the area, and just kill the non-Han.

It's been done so many times, it's basically a constant of Chinese history from 5,000 BC to present.

andrewp111's picture

Yup. That is what you can do when you outnumber your internal enemy 15:1, and are totally ruthless to boot.

Even better, the Han could kill all the enemy males, give the females a few months to mourn, force them to renounce Islam and embrace Communism at gunpoint, and then take them as concubines of the Red Army. It would solve China's excess male problem, and thus might even reduce the necessity for war with the USA.

hero HNL's picture

Population invasion is one of their favorite tricks....Unfortunately, many Asian & Western countries are about to experience the same thing.

SweetDoug's picture




Looks good on those Chinese bastards!


Go Uighurs Go!


Love those knife attacks! Who needs guns, eh gun grabbers!?


bankonzhongguo's picture

There are better than 50 different ethnicities in China proper, not counting any irridentist goals.

All these attacks and conflicts never change are are not much different than the BLM/Bundy Ranch deal. Heck, travel across China's rust belt and talk to the local townies about their lands and property being transferred to some PLA/SOE oligarch nephew.  Those guys pick up a tree branch and go to war.

It's a big empty space out there in DaXi with few prospects and there will always be a target on the head of some Han bureaucrat - no different than some State department wonk wandering around AfPak with a clipboard thinking they are in charge.

pashley1411's picture

Hmm, wonder what the FSA/DC would think of the Chinese sending support to the Confederates.  

teslaberry's picture

you know that a country has terrorism when they hide it and cover it up. china doesn't advertise their domestic terrorism they just represess the shit out of separatists and channel xenophobic jigoism of the masses directly towards the japan and the united states.


they do not need a fake war on terror . their government does whatever the fuck it wants. 


perhaps the upside of our government in america is that it still desperately needs a pretense of terrorism to raise popular support for war . perhaps one day in the future the government will be so repressive this will no longer be the case and people will long for the old days of the teens, the same way old russians sometimes long for the 'good ol times' of the soviet union in the 80s. 

gcjohns1971's picture

The 'good' times of the Soviet Union were in the '50's and '60's.

The '70's were stagnant.  The '80's were so catastrophic that the USSR only survived them for a few months before collapsing.

hero HNL's picture

Yes, we should fight the terrorists.....Let's fight the communist govt.

strangewalk's picture

This is just China being China--a 4000 year ever repeating pattern of very violent internal fracturing and warfare. For anyone who actually thinks of the Chinese as peaceful and harmonious, not so! Of the 10 most destructive wars of human history, 8 of them have centrally involved China, including the top 3 bloodiest civil wars of all time. I lived in China for almost 11 years and read a lot of its history. The system they have there today is really no different from the first dynasty or any that followed--corrupt, plutocractic state totalitarianism that inevitably leads to a pressure-cooker type of social syndrome that an insider can actually feel building up. Interestingly, China's always spectacular economic rises and falls have always correlated with this somewhat esoteric internal pressure, and today it's reached a near criticality.   

teslaberry's picture

so we're looking at some white lotus shit or what? 

what's your prediction. china eclipses the west or has a specutacular blow up?

or neither?


personally ---i see the china story as highly dependent on taiwan. i think taiwan is a lot more powerful in its internal elite mafia politics than people realize , especially with respect to china. 


why? because of the historical forces at  work. it is just my intuition really. but if taiwan retains its western backed networks and can resist china for a long time, it's not as if nothing is going on behind the scenes. 

if there are any seeds for the demise of the chinese power structure---or rather---seeds for the transformation of this structure with respect towards its posture facing the west and potentially turning its back on russia---i think those seeds are in taiwan. 

Atlas Crapped's picture

{{{  frizzle frazzle frazzle frohm - time foh zis vone to come home ... }}}

Ze vorking class chinaman is a MUCH different eggzperiment zan ze middle class sheople of ze U.S., no?

Ze have not been administered ze zedative of ze eggzorbitant privilege, so ze behave in a much less predictable manner.

Note to Pavlov: call zecurity!!

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Insurrecton suppression training: coming to a town near you!  I see the government bullet buy is still on. Kills to birds with one shot. Pun intended. stimulates growth and keeps supply tight for those below the "received massive increases in wealth due to QE" level.

IndianaJohn's picture

Satan knows no peace. Musloids either.

shovelhead's picture

Just spreading that hot muskrat love for Allah like peanut butter.

If the Han think they can breed the Islam out of them, they better get real busy.

TrumpXVI's picture

This is a mis-titled article.  "Working Class Insurrection".....NOT!

Wake me up when the millions of rural Chinese who have migrated from the countryside to the major cities looking for work start roiting in significant numbers......THAT will qualify as a "Working Class Insurrection".

messystateofaffairs's picture

This could be a purely internal organic uprising, I don't know. If I was looking to find out I wouldn't rule out the possibility of external involvement, China needs destabilizing to satisfy western interests, even though the west would never do such an unethical thing.