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China: Wen Jiabao’s opportunity for openness

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In a column article, Wang Xiangwei, SCMP’s editor-in-chief says: “Allegations that the Wen family has accumulated US$2.7b may support those who argue for public disclosure of officials‘ private assets”

“For decades, overseas media have run countless articles containing serious allegations of political and commercial corruption against high-ranking Chinese officials. But for reasons beyond comprehension, mainland authorities and the officials singled out in such articles have rarely attempted to respond publicly to the allegations.

“That’s despite the fact that many of the articles are wild, unsubstantiated and quite damaging, not only to individual reputations but also to the reputation of the entire country in the eyes of the international community.”

“So it was very interesting to see that the family of Premier Wen Jiabao issued an unprecedented statement on Saturday night, hitting back at The New York Times for its explosive exposé about their wealth, while also threatening to sue the American newspaper. This may be the first time a top mainland leader has responded directly to an overseas media report.

“As the public mulls over the political and legal implications, the move by the Wen family has raised hopes that the statement could mark a shift in the approach by mainland authorities towards overseas media reports, and more broadly, that this could prompt Chinese leaders to improve transparency and publicly address political scandals that are widely reported overseas.”

“Of course, the timing of the report is also interesting; it comes just days before the 18th Party Congress where a new leadership line-up will be approved.

“Understandably, the article dropped like a bomb on political circles in Beijing. Senior mainland officials are not really that interested in Wen’s family wealth but they want to know what Wen – or more precisely, the mainland leadership – is going to do next.

“A statement was released by the two lawyers retained by Wen’s family. For anyone who studies mainland politics, it isn’t hard to deduce that the statement must have been discussed and approved by the nine members of the Politburo Standing Committee, of which Wen is one.

“There have been unconfirmed online reports that Wen wrote to the committee and called for an investigation into the allegations in the newspaper report. This sounds likely as Wen has no other choice if he wants to keep his reputation intact. But any investigation would probably take many weeks, if not months.”

“Perhaps the most effective approach for Wen to salvage his reputation, under the current circumstances, is for him to set an example by publicly declaring his own wealth and that of his immediate family members.

“Over the past 15 years, analysts and even officials have called for civil servants to be made to publicly declare their assets, to allay the swelling public anger about official corruption. Mainland leaders have stalled on this issue for years.

“Wen has personally voiced support for such a regulation, and he has now been presented with a good opportunity to back up his comments”

Source: SCMP “Wen’s opportunity for openness”

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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


One thought on “China: Wen Jiabao’s opportunity for openness

  1. I found this over on wordpress, well done your article about China and the New York Times objectively covers some key points in this story. I am sure in the long run this will forge a new relationship with this popular online magazine. Well done China Daily Mail.


    Posted by stirringtrouble | November 1, 2012, 2:39 pm

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