Gratuituous snide comments
We all have our opinions; I don't expect people to accept mine, but at least I can be allowed to state them. The gratuitous inclusion of comments, which appear to me to be snide or sneering in the context in which they are used - such as 'communist' and 'comrade' in this article, are irritating and bordering on being offensive. They devalue an otherwise interesting, informative and important article. They are not necessary.
The wrtier seems to want to imply that the Chinese state is inferior to ours because it is communist. I recommend he should visit China for a few weeks and travel there extensively . He will find that the term 'comrade' is unused in personal and professional relationships. These relationships are stronger, more important and more effective in China than they are here in the west - in my personal expereince. Even I am surprised to find that China is, in fact, a nice place to live.
More importantly, the Chinese state has far, far out-performed our own Government in improving the lives of its citizens. This specialised, IT-focussed forum alone records a huge, embarrassing, and even depressing history of UK Government failures, on both Policy and professional levels. Under Government control of the past 15 years or so we have been moving towards third world country status - at an accelerating pace. The communist state of China is moving a far larger mass in the opposite direction - at an accelerating pace.