This makes me worry, though, about the leadership in charge in China right now. The vast majority of high party heads in the CCP are engineers of some kind or another.
A former hydraulic engineer
So far, they've been pragmatic technocrats on most things, but I wonder if this background plays into the counter-productive policies to Xinjiang. The government (and increasingly the people of China) are very nationalistic, and Hu Jintao in particular has made the "harmonic society" a large part of his overall policy plans. Making a "harmonic society" by coercing those who are not in harmony seems counter-productive to those who study society and politics first, but fits in perfectly with an engineering background.
I've seen people who have praised China for putting engineers in charge, rather than "politicians", with the idea that engineers, due to their scientific training and "common sense", are able to get things done. I worry that we'll see the limits of that in spectacular fashion soon.