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China’s Hu and Wen blasted by party paper editor

Wen Jiabao and Hu Jintao

While Chinese media have kept on praising outgoing leaders Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao’s “golden and glorious” decade, Deng Yewen, a senior editor of the Party mouthpiece Study Times, “launched a blistering broadside” at Hu and Wen, “accusing them of stalling long-overdue political reform and brewing a legitimacy crisis.

According to SCMP’s report by Shi Jiangtao from Beijing, the problems Deng listed “included stagnant economic restructuring, pollution, income disparity, the notoriously outdated family planning and household registration polices, a looming energy crisis, moral degradation and the country’s battered international image.”

Unfortunately, those are indeed China’s serious problems that Hu’s and Wen’s successors have to deal with.

Still we cannot deny Hu and Wen made achievements in high economic growth, improvement of people’s livelihood, establishment of a social security net, establishment and improvement of China’s legal system and rule of law, and many other things.

At the time when Hu and Wen took over from Jiang Zemin and other leaders, like their successors, they faced similar and even more serious challenges and people outside China predicted then that China might collapse. Therefore, do not underestimate the Chinese leaders’ talents. Leaders who have turned China from a poor country into a better-off and powerful nation will be praised in Chinese history.

However, as China faces such a lot of serious problems, it is now better to remind people of the seriousness of the problems than praising past achievements. If the next generation of leaders is not wise and talented enough, China still may collapse.

Hu and Wen are great in their repeated urging of the Party to be mindful of possible danger in times of peace. Wen has time and again said that without political reform China may lose what it has achieved in three decades of reform. In Hu’s swansong speech, he also said, “A wider-reaching and fuller people’s democracy should be developed to ensure that the people conduct in accordance with law, democratic election, democratic decision-making, democratic administration and democratic supervision.”

However, Tiananmen heroes should first of all be praised for that. They almost overthrew the Party’s rule. As pointed out in my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements”, the pervasive fear they have caused throughout the Party, has forced the Party to choose wise leaders and the leaders to run the country carefully.

Deng Yuwen’s article obviously reflects the jostling between Hu’s faction and another faction. Without powerful backers, how could Deng be so bold to as to  publish such severe critiques.

In fact, Jiang Zemin’s close associate made implied criticism of Hu and Wen’s generation of leadership long ago. On January 18, former premier Zhu Rongji broke his silence and gave a 9-minute impromptu speech to Bureau-chief officials in Shanghai, in which he recalled his work in Shanghai under the leadership of President Jiang Zemin.

He recalled what he said then: “We will have a satisfactory clean government in Shanghai, and Shanghai will be able to achieve successes however great if only we watch closely our 506 bureau-level officials and give play to their talents.”

Obviously, Zhu was unhappy with the corruption under Hu and Wen’s rule.

SCMP’s full report


About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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