According to a recent report from China Economic Weekly, a magazine published by the CCP’s official People’s Daily, 1.41 million Chinese signed up for the most recent government officeholder’s exam (公务员考试) this year, the third time since 2009 that applications for the exam have surpassed one million. In this cartoon, posted by the Kunming-based studio Yuan Jiao Man’s Space (圆觉漫时空) to, the artist depicts the examination as a grab for profit, as official posts are seen as lucrative prospects with ample opportunity for rent-seeking, or profit through the exploitation of political circumstances. Hordes of test takers huddle under a massive official cap, representing government offices, that rains down yuan symbols representing wealth.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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