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Communist Party secrecy hampers China's trust-building efforts

New members pledge 'omerta' to the organization

Medical workers from outside Wuhan pose for pictures with a Chinese Communist Party flag at the Wuhan Railway Station, in Hubei province, China.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- I recently had an occasion to have a two-hour discussion with a young bureaucrat in the Chinese government about the situation in Hong Kong and U.S.-China relations.

I cannot disclose the name of the bureaucrat but maybe the conversation was not even a "discussion." He kept talking about the "righteousness" of the Chinese Communist Party like a monologue.

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