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.”
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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