A recent editorial in China’s official People’s Daily newspaper criticized the practice among some local officials in China of hiring their family members for important government positions, which it said was detrimental to effective governance of the country. “In governing the state, talent is critical,” the paper wrote (治国经邦,人才为急). The editorial also suggested such local officials were jealous and fearful of persons of talent. In the following cartoon, posted by the Kunming-based studio Yuan Jiao Man’s Space (圆觉漫时空) to QQ.com, four nastily grinning officials, clearly related to one another, wear a single official robe as they menace presumably talented scholars, kicking them away.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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