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China’s Bummed-Out Bureaucrats

Six years after Xi Jinping took power, many civil servants are fed up with the increase in scrutiny

For centuries, getting a job as a government bureaucrat has been the path to power and relative wealth in China. It also led, in more recent times, to bureaucratic sclerosis and corruption. After President Xi Jinping took office in 2013, he started clamping down on graft, absenteeism, and other abuses. He also began curbing dissent, as he moved to restore the Communist Party’s control and stamp his own authority on all aspects of the nation’s development.

Interviews with eight officials in China’s ministries and regional governments show growing dissatisfaction as the party tightens restrictions on its 7 million civil servants, traditionally known as cadres. All these officials either recently quit or plan to do

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