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Xi Jinping pledges ‘great renewal of Chinese nation’

Global Times | 2012-11-30 2:00:05
By Wu Gang and Yan Shuang


The newly elected members of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau make their second official appearance during a visit to the exhibition titled "The Road Toward Renewal" in Beijing on Thursday. Photo: Xinhua


Xi Jinping, the newly elected head of the Communist Party of China, reiterated the country's determination to keep its pursuit of "socialism with Chinese characteristics," which he said is vital for the nation's revival.

Xi made the comments as he viewed the exhibition titled "The Road Toward Renewal" in the National Museum of China, along with other members of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli.

It is the second official appearance of the new leadership, following their debut in mid-November when the 18th CPC National Congress elected the Central Committee and the top seven members of the Political Bureau.

Xi said that socialism with Chinese characteristics, which has made huge progress, has proven to be the right path to realize China's rejuvenation.

Xi said after the nation's 170 years of hard struggle since the Opium War, it has become clear that a weak nation would be the target of bullying, and only development can make it stronger.

"It is so difficult to find the correct path, and we'll resolutely carry on our cause on this road," he said.

Zhang Yiwu, a professor at Peking University, said that the CPC's top leaders have made an elaboration and review of China's history of modernization, and mapped out the country's future direction for modernization.

Modernization is an inevitable trend for China and the whole country and its people, led by the CPC, are making a contribution, Zhang said.

"Everyone is talking about a China Dream. I believe the revival of the Chinese nation is the greatest dream of the nation since modern times," Xi said.

Xi said he firmly believes the country will realize its goal of achieving a moderately prosperous society by the CPC's 100th anniversary, at a time when China has become a richer and stronger country with greater democracy and harmony.

The Party made it clear at the 18th National Congress that it will work harder to make sure people's incomes double the 2010 level by 2020.

The "China Dream" brought up and depicted by the leaders is more practical than previous theoretical slogans and one that more people can relate to, Zhang said.  "China Dream" reflects the spirit and values of the Chinese people throughout its efforts in the past 100 years. It is a dream that a people develop while their country modernizes and becomes prosperous.

Scholars also have different interpretations of the concept of China's rejuvenation.

National rejuvenation is the revival of past glories, said Tang Chongnan, a researcher with the Institute of World History under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The rejuvenation of a major country means it has sufficiency and wealth for its people, and friendly relationships with other countries while remaining well-mannered and dignified as a big country, he said.

Xinhua contributed to this story

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Moving From Superficial to Systematic Change -- Toward a China, Inc.

I have noticed that the new leadership does not want subordinates to try to please them by repeating what they said or what the last CPC Congress said, even though that was the standard operating procedure to transmit their message down through to the rank and file.  There is merit in this no-nonsense approach.  But if management by parroting is not helpful, as Xi correctly pointed out, then management by results should be implemented.  






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Post time 2012-12-3 08:30:17 |Display all floors
Xi Jinping Shows Insight into China's Priorities

There is no doubt that a strong China remains the basis for the security, peace, order and prosperity of its people.  Take the simplest example of Chinese fishermen making a living like they had been doing for a thousand years at Diaoyudao.  Here comes the Japanese bully carrying a writ of mutual defense treaty harrassing Chinese fishing boats at Dioayudao.  How can the fishermen on China make a living?  Without a strong navy, Chinese fishermen would starve to death as every island in the South China Sea becomes the exclusive property and 200 miles around it the exclusive economic zone of some other country.

He recently pointed out the importance of developing Qinghai and Tibet.  Very important.  The Western Region is not just something to be developed.  It is something that must be developed, because in times of a major war, when all the coastal cities will be under attack or siege, as happened wtih the Opium Wars, with the Eight Powers Invasion, and with the Japanese Invasion, China's political capitals immediately have to move.  The Qing empress moved to Xian.  The Nationalist government moved to Chongqing.  And, the fledgling army of Mao, in his long march, passed through Qinghai, toward Shaanxi, to Yan'an, right next to Xi An, the classic Western capital of China in the Qin, Han and Tang dynasties.  China should take the long look and understand that while money can be made more conveniently at the periphery or coastal cities, security depends on a deep strategic backyard, like Xian.  The time to prepare for the next major war, which is inevitable, not because we know who is the enemy, but because human nature is such that there will sooner or later be one, is now.  Building a Western Capital for China will be the key to China's surviving the next major war.  Beijing is too close to the Yellow Sea.  Nanjing in too close to the South China Sea.  Xi An is fine.  But other cities should also be considered.  

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Xi said after the nation's 170 years of hard struggle since the Opium War, it has become clear that a weak nation would be the target of bullying, and only development can make it stronger.
Is it because China is corrupt and hence is weak    OR
Is it because China is weak and hence is corrupt?
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Looks a bit belligerent to me! He deliberately refers back 170 years to, if I read between the lines correctly, stroke up nationalism and make the case for even higher defense spending. Standard distraction trick and I can't recall it ever working, long term.
He mentions "greater democracy" but the way I view this is to mean; within the party but influenced by local populations. This then, isn't really democracy and at this time, I don't think China needs it. I think they need transparency within their own leadership and a much more equitable system that allows all to aspire to what sounds supiciouly like the old "American dream"....so not much new there really.
If he makes a case for improving the actual lives of the Chinese people, then I'd be a bit less critical of what I think I just read.

I will, however, reserve  judgement (for lack of a better term) until he's actually been on the job for a while.

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New guidelines for leaders a fresh start


Global Times | 2012-12-5 1:00:04
By Global Times

The Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) passed eight guidelines in a meeting yesterday, including improvements to their working style and relationship with the public, which won public applause.

These guidelines target members of the Political Bureau. They show the determination of the CPC top leaders to set themselves as an example.

The Central Committee used to issue regulations aimed at cutting reports on top leaders and reducing ostentatious behavior, the effects of which did not last long.

But today, public opinion has been transformed in China. If top leaders cannot deliver what they have promised, the public will not remain silent. The Political Bureau must have thought about this. We believe its determination to do something concrete is sincere.

If the Party wants to improve its working style, it must be carried out from the top level to the local one. If the work from the top level is not carried out well, problems may emerge from the bottom.

Although the eight guidelines are mainly targeted at members of the political bureau, its effects will be felt by Party leaders at various levels. It is crucial that the leaders at all levels have a tacit understanding of these guidelines and follow them.

China has been developing rapidly, while it meets unprecedented pressure and challenges. The next decade is key for China's future prospects. The decision made by the Political Bureau is based on China's current situation and will prove significant.

The intense criticism of the public against the Party and the government has produced positive results. Once authorities have made the commitment, they will have to carry it out.

The eight guidelines, with details, are easy to put into practice and supervise. The successful implementation will have influences that affect the entire Party and the government.

Less than one month since the 18th Party Congress concluded, the new leadership have displayed a fresh new working style.

This move came more swiftly than the public expected. The anti-corruption measures and the new stipulations regarding working methods have been put forward ahead of the public opinion. The Party has retaken the initiative.

But the adoption of these policies may meet trouble as they are implemented nationwide.

It is hoped that the supervision over the process can also guide public opinion. It is a new test for the self-discipline of the ruling party, as well as an opportunity to improve internal supervisory mechanisms within the Party.

If it succeeds, it will significantly transform the political atmosphere of the country. It is a fresh new start.




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Is it because China is corrupt and hence is weak    OR
Is it because China is weak and hence is corr ...

Behind every corrupt man
Global Times | 2012-12-4 22:40:04
By Liu Sha



Ostentatious displays of wealth have been the focus of public opinion in the fight against corruption. The photo shows a White House-style office building which is a local court in Wenling, Zhejiang Province. Photo: CFP

It is said that one official's power can become their family's power. This is why 50-year-old Deng Xinxiong gives lectures on corruption to partners of officials.

On September 19, over 400 officials' spouses attended a lecture held by the commission for disciplinary inspection in Sihui county, Zhaoqing, Guangdong Province.

"I have seen so many corruption cases in which an official's family collapsed not just because of the officials themselves, but also because of their family members who receive bribes," an inspector surnamed Yan from the commission, who is also the lecture's organizer, told the Global Times.

Yan invited Deng, a deputy director of Zhaoqing's supervision bureau, who has 11 years of experience in fighting corruption, to share some stories with the audience.

"I want those 'students' to know how bad the results of family corruption can be," Yan said.


A cradle of corruption

"A good wife should stay rational and keep her husband away from dirty money," Deng told the class, warning them that corruption goes hand in hand with mistresses and marriage crises.

Deng told the Global Times that he was not sure if two hours would be enough for them, until he saw the look on the students' faces as they heard previous corruption cases.

Figures show that in cases of corrupt officials, over 80 percent of the time the family members had taken bribes in the form of "red envelopes" or festival gifts, according to research posted on the website of the Procuratorial Daily.

The seventh amendment of China's Criminal Law in 2009 added that officials would be given criminal sanctions if their families committed the crime of receiving bribes.

Pan Xiao, former Party secretary of the Huadu District Committee in Guangzhou, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison in August, confessed that his third marriage changed him. "In order to please my new wife and her parents, I sought illegitimate gains," reported the Guangzhou Daily.

"My parents-in-law want to have their own business, so I made a trade with a businessman," Pan told the local court.

Pan helped a businessman, who invested a large amount of money in a hotel owned by Pan's father-in-law, become a deputy to the Guangzhou People's Congress, according to the report.

Pan's father-in-law was sentenced to eight years in prison as a price of receiving 500,000 yuan ($80,302) in bribes.

"Maybe Pan shouldn't blame all on his family, although I'm sure a vain woman could be a femme fatale," an official surnamed Fang from the prosecutor's office in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, told the Global Times, adding that many wives even push their official husbands to splurge money on fancy cars, villas and luxury bags.

Fang said that families contribute to corruption in other ways, such as covering up bribes. He cited the example of another official, Zhang Guohua, former deputy director of the Department of Land and Resources in Northwest China's Gansu Province.

Zhang traded government projects with contractors who bribed him and then transferred the money to his wife's bank account to cover it up. Five months after Zhang was sentenced to life imprisonment in June 2012, his wife was also sentenced to three years in prison for receiving bribes in various forms.

Not-so-secret rules

Although she feels that education programs for officials' spouses are unnecessary, Hu Qiming, 36, a high school teacher in Yongzhou, South China's Hunan Province, started to experience changes soon after her husband was promoted to the local bureau of commerce.

"More businessmen are coming to visit us and offering gifts to my daughter. It looks like bribery but my mom always says it's never a big problem to receive a gift," Hu told the Global Times.

Jiang Ming'an, a law professor with Peking University, said the blurred line between a gift and a bribe is a problem. "Over 90 percent of corrupt officials, when reflecting on their past, would say they just received a minor gift from those who wanted to show gratitude."

Besides, most Chinese do not believe in "zero tolerance" for corruption, which always starts with accepting a free meal.

"If you want to get a government project, you have to be able to afford the tuition fee for an overseas college and cover all the air tickets for the official's kid," an experienced contractor surnamed Yue, who is involved in a road-repairing project in Shenzhen, told the Global Times.

Yue said that "gifting at the right time in the appropriate form" is something called "the rule of being an official."

"Although it can't be used as an excuse by officials to escape from punishment, it's true that whenever you become one, you have to take bribes to survive," Jiang Dehai, a professor from the Shanghai-based East China University of Political Science and Law, told the Global Times.

Creative solutions

These classes have been just one of a variety of "creative" methods local governments have used to tackle corruption, which are largely focused on education.

In Henan Province, local opera actors are invited to perform plays on corruption. In Jinan, Shandong Province, elementary school students were organized to create calligraphy works on clean government.

In Jiangsu Province, the disciplinary inspection commission holds annual exhibitions on anti-corruption. Videos of officials regretting what they had done are played repeatedly.

Ma Huaide, vice president of the China University of Political Science and Law, is not impressed with these efforts.

"We need an information disclosure system of assets and income as a foundation," Ma said. "Local governments need to accept full disclosure."

Yan attempted to expand the class, however, the disciplinary inspection commission in Zhuhai, which launched a similar program to educate spouses in 2008, is not supportive of this idea. "We did not see any obvious results after the lectures. It's hard to get rid of the temptation of luxury, and it's even harder to make someone's relatives betray them," an official from the city's supervision bureau said.



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