China Tidal Wave

There is great social tension in the aftermath of ‘Tiananmen Square’, uncertainty about political and economic policy and the constant burden of over-population. Serious flooding of the Yellow River adds more than a hundred million to the ‘floating population’ of destitute and semi-destitute peasant refugees. In addition, the rapid development of the market economy, and other reforms, have led to the prosperity of some but not in all provinces. The bastion of conservative opposition to reform remains in the Army, especially among the old revolutionaries. An ambitious Lieutenant-General (Wang Feng), backed by the highest-ranking officer of the Army, now retired, who still wields immense, informal power, arranges for the assassination of the reformist Secretary General of the Communist Party who is also President of China. Seven of the rich southern provinces subsequently declare independence because the anti-reform, anti-commercial new government threatens their prosperity… Taiwan sees this as an opportunity to ‘re-conquer the mainland’, but Wang Feng orders a pre-emptive nuclear attack on Taipei... Members of the Taiwanese army then capture a nuclear missile base in south China and fire a missile at Beijing, which lands in Russia by mistake…
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Biographical Note

Wang Lixiong was born in Shandong Province, China, in 1953. In 1973, he attended the Workers, Peasants and Soldier’s University, set up by Mao Zedong, where he studied automobile design and production. Later, spent five years in the film industry and then became a full-time writer. His books in English include Dissolving Power, published in Canada, and Progress Election, published in Taiwan, and Sky Burial and The Gate of Heaven ( Tiantang zhimen) and The Road of a Free Man ( Ziyouren delu) in Chinese. There have been more than twenty reprints of the original Chinese edition of Huang Huo. In 2001, he visited the USA and spoke several times to the Dalai Lama. He now lives in Beijing with his Tibetan wife.

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