The Chinese Communist Party celebrated its 100th anniversary last week. For our purposes today, that is notable for three reasons. First, the centenary was rather widely reported and commented upon. Second, it delayed by one day Chinese regulators coming down upon Chinese ridesharing behemoth Didi Global for its ill-advised decision to ignore those regulators’ advice like the treads of a tank approaching Tiananmen Square by one day, so as not to spoil the fun. The third reason is the second word in the name of the ruling regime, which is to say, “Communist.” Now, it is fair to question just how communist the Chinese Communist Party is. After all, this is a story about a private company in a self-proclaimed communist country listing its shares on the New York Stock Exchange, which is something that it is hard to imagine Mao or Stalin or Fidel Castro or Ho Chi Minh allowing, let alone encouraging. Still, China is at the very least (and maybe no more) a nominally communist country, and communism is at least in some sense, or anyway historically, defined in opposition to capitalism. This fact appears to have eluded the onetime spokesman for the United States government, who had this to say about the whole Didi kerfuffle:
“The bottom line here is they did not want Didi to go IPO. The regulators asked for a delay. That is an absolute no-no in a place like China. The minute they disobeyed ... then all of the repression of China comes to roost,” [Anthony] Scaramucci said…. “But I’ve got to tell you, we’ve got to give a big pushback to what’s going on because it’s an assault on capitalism. It’s nationalism related to the central control of data and it’s sort of everything that disavows the spirit of what goes on in a capitalist society.”
In fairness to Scaramucci, he has acknowledged that politics isn't his strong suit.
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