The National People’s Congress (NPC) is the ruling authority in China. The old commissars are now the new billionaires who continue to run China having shed their blue denim Mao suits to don Armani. The richest members of the NPC, the top 70, have a total networth of almost 90 BILLION DOLLARS as of 2011. This exceeds the networth of ALL Congress-critters in the U.S. plus the President (a relatively new millionaire) and his cabinet (including moneybags John Kerry) and the Supremes or the 660 American bosses, stooges and con-men constituting a powerful section of the Power Elite.
The top Commissars have an average net of $ 1.4 BILLION per, far overwhelming the top Congress-critters who get by on a measily $ 323 MILLION.
Now you can get a real picture of the power relationship: Beijing is Corporate HQ, and Washington is but a local subsidiary.
SOURCE: Chrystia Freeland, Plutocrats, p. 204 (New York: Penguin Press, 2012)