The title of an Al-Jazeera article released on November 9, 2012 is “China resumes leadership transition talks” (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/11/201211942853321636.html).
“Chinese delegates of the ruling Communist Party are holding CLOSED-DOOR meetings on the second day of the country’s national congress, a week-long event that will usher in a once-in-a-decade leadership change”. Of course again “closed-door” is the BIGGEST issue/problem.
“Al Jazeera‘s Mike Hanna, reporting from Beijing, said the the committee consists of “370 people, who are THE TOP policy-making organ of the state”. Again, ordinary people HAVE NO SAY. “That CENTRAL committee will also appoint a politburo of 25 names and in turn will also appoint a standing committee of the politburo. That will be seven or nine names and that will be THE SUPREME COUNCIL of the Communist Party”. So now “the Supreme Council of the Communist Party” in CHINA in addition to the “Supreme Council of the Armed of the Armed Forces” in EGYPT. This is NOT good. “Although the Communist Party says it governs and decides policy by consensus (?), THERE IS NO DOUBT that THE MOST SENIOR leaders play THE MOST IMPORTANT role in terms of affirming or creating this policy” obviously. “So those members of the standing committee of the politburo will be crucial to determine what is the ECONOMIC direction that this country takes“. Of course China operates on a different economic standard from the rest of the world. While 3-5% economic growth is acceptable and healthy in THE REST OF THE WORLD, China MUST grow at a rate of AT LEAST 8%. If not, Chinese government officials manipulate key economic reports/indicators/data.
“Hu warned China’s incoming leaders that corruption threatens the Communist Party and the state, ACKNOWLEDGING that PUBLIC ANGER over graft and issues like environmental degradation had undermined the party’s support and led to SURGING numbers of protests”. COMMUNIST governments have NO ACCOUNTABILITY. They DON’T have to be ACCOUNTABLE TO ANYONE. So the Hu administration is “acknowledging…public anger?” As far as “surging numbers of protests” is concerned, SOCIAL UNREST is always a possibility, however remote. Whether or not the government deals with these “surging numbers of protests” EFFECTIVELY (i.e. WITHOUT brutally cracking down), however, is another issue entirely/altogether. “Combating CORRUPTION and promoting POLITICAL INTEGRITY (?) , which is a major political issue of great concern to THE PEOPLE (?), is a clear-cut and long-term (?) political commitment of the party”. Do COMMUNIST and DICTATORIAL governments actually value “the people?” “If we fail to handle this issue well, IT COULD PROVE FATAL to the party and even cause THE COLLAPSE OF the party and the fall of the state”. ON THE SURFACE, this sounds good, because an UNdemocratic government has been overthrown right? NOT SO FAST. We have to see IF THE REPLACEMENT government is BETTER and this IS NOT ALWAYS the case. Again the battle between THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD and the SUPREME COUNCIL OF THE ARMED FORCES (SCAF) in EGYPT is the perfect example, with many Egyptians that this is WORSE than Mubarak. “We must thus make UNREMITTING efforts to combat corruption“. WILL THIS HAPPEN/OCCUR? “He promised political reform, BUT only to a degree,…: “We will NEVER copy a Western political system“. OK. Having said that, however, “We will NEITHER walk on the CLOSED and RIGID road, NOR will we walk down the EVIL road of changing [our] flags and banners“. So China “will neither walk on the closed and rigid road (COMMUNISM) nor will (they) walk down the EVIL road (of CAPITALISM)”. So, WHAT PATH WILL CHINA TAKE?
“Richard McGregor, an author on China, told Al Jazeera that “Xi is NO liberal (of course), he is THE CREATURE OF THE PARTY and will KEEP THE STATUS QUO” AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “The problem with China is that CORRUPTION IS INSTITUTIONALIZED and because China is a ONE-party state, there are NO INDEPENDENT bodies to check corruption“, as most foreign reporters have been kicked out of the country. Again, this reinforces the concept of a TOTAL LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY.
Finally, “While Hu DID NOT name Bo (former CHONGQING Communist Party Secretary Bo XILAI) in his speech, HE LEFT LITTLE DOUBT ABOUT THE TARGET“. “ALL those who violate party discipline and state laws, WHOEVER THEY ARE and WHATEVER POWER OR OFFICIAL POSITIONS THEY HAVE, MUST be brought to justice WITHOUT MERCY“. This will be the latest example of the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). It also brings up POTENTIAL HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS/ABUSES and of course, we know that China’s record in this area is HORRIBLE. “LEADING officials, especially HIGH-RANKING officials, must … EXERCISE STRICT SELF-DISCIPLINE and strengthen education and
SUPERVISION OVER THEIR FAMILIES and their staff; and THEY SHOULD NEVER SEEK ANY PRIVILEGE“. WHOA. “their families” immediately brings to mind former HONG KONG Chief Executive DONALD TSANG who got special privileges from TYCOONS (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Tsang). Given that CHINESE culture ENCOURAGES WOMEN TO DO NOTHING, surely Tsang’s wife, SELENA, had something to do with this. Public servants in China still think that they are ABOVE REPROACH. THIS MUST CHANGE.
To conclude, there was an interesting tweet from Al Jazeera‘s MELISSA CHAN.
RT @StanfordBiz: Why China has taken two steps BACK on press freedom http://see.sc/JowFGw by Knight Fellow @melissakchan. The answer to this is simple: so many web-sites are still block in THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC of China (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_websites_blocked_in_the_People’s_Republic_of_China). The name ” the PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC of China” is a farce because “the people” HAVE NO SAY in how their country is operated and governed. This is a country where GOVEERNMENT PROPAGANDA JAMMED DOWN THEIR THROATS.