A worker carries out work on the emblem of the Chinese Communist Party in Pekín. NG HAN GUAN / AP

The CCP’s monolithic appearance may turn out to be a mirage and a serious risk to stability

Forty years ago, the Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping theorized about the primary stage in the construction of socialism, a period that in his opinion, displaying that long-term vision so characteristic of Chinese thought, would require at least one hundred years of perseverance.