Wen insists: China needs Political Reforms

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has once again said China needs to carry out political reforms.
He said the economic achievements of the last 30 years could be lost without “institutional” changes.
The premier did not spell out exactly what reforms are necessary – and said they would have to be introduced gradually.
But his comments appear to put him out of step with more conservative colleagues.
Mr Wen made his comments at an annual press conference held at the end of China’s annual parliamentary session in Beijing.

Chinese Premier calls for Political Reform, BBC News, March 14, 2011


Wu Bangguo: the Center Forever, no Lofty Ideas, March 13, 2011
No Hidden Ambitions, September 24, 2010

9 Responses to “Wen insists: China needs Political Reforms”

  1. It’s spelled d e m o c r a c and y. I believe it’s even easier to say in Chinese, one just need a little courage. Especially, if they are not used to utter such controversial word.


  2. I take it that you are referring to the democratic dictatorship based on the worker-peasant alliance. Otherwise, you don’t understaaand China.


  3. Calls for political reform. Try this report for size and consign Wen’s rhetoric to the bathroom. Unbelievable account by John Garnaut on shennanigans in Bo Xilai’s Chongqing, Mafia province par excellence.


    And here is a taste:

    Show them the money, old China
    March 26, 2011

    “Despite clampdowns and the mayor’s war on gangsters and corruption, Chongqing’s king of finance Weng Zhenjie and his cronies keep coming up trumps.

    ZHANG Mingyu paid the going price to secure the patronage of the king of Chongqing finance, a man he always called ”big brother”. Zhang played endless hands of poker at Weng Zhenjie’s expansive villa – where each player was accompanied by an attractive woman – and took care to lose at a ratio of 10 to one.

    His 2 million yuan ($A299,600) in gambling debts were promptly paid, his modest winnings never collected. Twice he rushed to answer random demands to deliver a total of 1.35 million yuan in cash to Weng’s villa door.
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    Zhang thought he knew the unwritten rules – ”I call it the balance of terror – you do bad by me, I expose you” – but Weng knew the game much better. When the courtship was complete, Weng’s thugs cornered Zhang in a park and beat him up, drove him out of town, and Weng took possession of Zhang’s 2 billion yuan real estate portfolio.

    Whether the game is poker, business or politics, Weng can’t seem to lose. Zhang recently handed his report on Weng to the Chongqing mayor inside the city’s People’s Congress. Somebody promptly torched his office”.

    Read on. You won’t regret it. And move over Victor Shih.


  4. I’m wondering when John Garnaut’s visa will expire. A paper whose Beijing (or Shanghai, or Chongqing) correspondent’s term isn’t cut short by the CCP can’t be trusted – attention: this is a hyperbole, but is it? 😉

    The surprise isn’t what Garnaut writes (although it is very informative, and I didn’t know the names of Chongqing’s honorable society in such detail before). The actual surprise to me is that Garnaut does write it – and that the Sydney Morning Herald published it today. For many of our media, too, “China is too important to be angered”.

    The Economist:
    “A report by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (which has since been removed from the club’s website) counts 16 news organisations whose staff were harassed by police: either assaulted, manhandled, deprived of their equipment or detained.”

    The relationship between commercial media and the CCP isn’t that different from Zhang Mingyu‘s with Weng Zhenjie & Cie. Only the set of threats the CCP can use against media people varies, in that detention, with which foreign correspondents have apparently been threatened recently, is still much more likely applied to Chinese journalists.

    We’d better get prepared for more biased Western media coverage on China. Foreign correspondents are certainly aware of the risk that they may be sent home, and that there may be difficulties for their employers, too, in that Beijing can delay visas for a successor indefinitely. Hu Jintao himself has quite a range of ideas of how foreign media should (or must) work, when it comes to their China coverage.

    Most of the public here trust that correspondents from here won’t let the CCP intimidate them – and they are certainly not interested in leaving a different impression. But in the long run, it would serve coverage on China better if they would openly write about the conflicting goals of their own papers – that to have a correspondent in Beijing is important, and how this makes them vulnerable to pressure.
    That the FCC removed a notice from its website should also be noteworthy – why the removal? Was their statement inaccurate? Why then no correction? Or was that one webpage too expensive to remain online?

    Thanks for the link! I’ve read on, and it provides lots of food for thought.
    But why should Victor Shih move over? From which location to which?


  5. JR. I linked that to your site simply because I was thinking about ‘systems of Chinese ways of non-legal thinking’.

    You want to play big balls in cow town (a song – Bob Wills), I am out of here and catch you in the next life.

    And I won’t respond to specific points in your post, since you interprete eveything in the most literal manner.

    You have the English language skills, but you really ********miss******** the nuances.


  6. Whose nuances?


  7. Not sure. But you don’t interpret “How’s life?” in a literal manner. So it’s not so bad.


  8. It’s true that I’m not discussing life upon this question, Taide. But I might take it literally occasionally, and then try to answer the question to myself. I think that to interpret things in a literal manner can be practical.



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