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China: Communist Party journal suggests it could learn from Singapore’s PAP

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SCMP reports from Beijing: “Weeks ahead of the Communist Party’s once-in-a-decade reshuffle, the party’s leading policy journal has called on leaders to look to Singapore for an example of how to run the country.”

Mao Zedong had this Mao Zedong Thought; Deng Xiaoping, Deng Xiaoping theory; Jiang Zemin, Three Represents; and Hu Jintao, the Outlook of Scientific Development.

Ideology is vital for a communist party. That is why both Jiang and Hu are so close to theorist Wang Huning, their top advisor.

Now, it is Xi Jinping’s turn to further develop the party’s ideology.

The Central Party School under Xi published yesterday a commentary in Study Times, run by the Party School, advocating learning from the more liberal version of authoritarianism practiced by Singapore’s People’s Action Party (PAP).

SCMP says according to the commentary, “‘Since 1968, the People’s Action Party has won consecutive elections and held state power for a long time, while ensuring that the party’s high efficiency, incorruptibility and vitality leads Singapore in attaining an economic leap forward,’ said the article by Song Xiongwei, a Chinese Academy of Governance lecturer.

“The publication of the article less than three weeks before the party’s 18th National Congress offers a strong hint that Xi could draw from the ‘Singapore model’ as he lays out his blueprint for running the country. Xi will replace Hu Jintao as the party’s general secretary at the congress, setting him up to become president next year.”

“Some analysts questioned whether the practices of Singapore – an island city of 5.2 million – are applicable to a vast country with a population of 1.3 billion.

“‘The rule of law is weak in China, while corruption is widespread at almost all levels of the government and bureaucracy,’ said John Lee, a China expert at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney.”

Read the full SCMP report

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5 thoughts on “China: Communist Party journal suggests it could learn from Singapore’s PAP

  1. Reblogged this on OyiaBrown.


    Posted by OyiaBrown | October 23, 2012, 4:55 pm
  2. Reblogged this on Chindia Alert: forewarned is forearmed and commented:
    If this article has the blessing of the top hierarchy, that is good news indeed. Singapore’s PAP has held an overwhelming majority since 1963 in a fully democratic process that allows multiple parties to contest. In other words, the PAP leadership is elected through its deeds and not by edict.


    Posted by keeper @ chindia-alert | October 23, 2012, 9:31 pm
  3. Another example being the heydays of Japan’d LDP. The three most important factors for a dominant party system to work are: 1) pragmatic ideology – basically the party should be based on meritocracy and not specific ideologies; while different factions are expected, but must ultimately agree to consensus and collective leadership, 2) election system similar to Japan before the early 1990s. this ensures the bigger party usually wins and the system reinforces itself as young talented politicians would naturally choose the dominant party with better chance of career advancement, 3) most of all, the party must deliver prosperity to its citizen.


    Posted by Ben | October 26, 2012, 6:06 am


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