Chen Case Reveals Fragile Chinese Communist Party Could Lead to 'Failed State'

As blind activist worries about safety, experts warn Communist Party is on shaky ground.

Blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng
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Such a scenario "would, I think, be enough to make China a failed state," says Shirk. "Communist governments are brought down by splits at the top, not from the bottom up."

-- The Associated Press contributed.

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