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Ordinary Chinese don’t care about upcoming party congress

Ordinary mainlanders don’t get to elect senior officials, so they don’t feel much attachment to the government

With two days to go before the national congress, it appears the average person in China isn’t bothered it is taking place

Just two days before the Communist Party convenes its once-in-five years national congress, where representatives of the 82-million-strong ruling party will usher in a new generation of leaders, ordinary mainlanders appear to be gripped by an overwhelming sense of apathy.

“I don’t know. It has nothing to do with me,” recent university graduate Cao Lifei replied when asked about the opening date of the congress and its duration. “But I know there will be a new emperor, and everything will be changed under the new emperor.”

More than 2,200 delegates from across the nation will attend the congress, which will also endorse the party’s policy blueprint for the next five years.

The identity of the party’s next leader will surprise no one. A migrant construction worker in Beijing who described himself as “apolitical” said it would be Xi Jinping .

But the hobbies and interests of the nation’s next leaders are little known, as indeed are their policy preferences. Their names and those of their family members have been strictly censored on the internet.

“I don’t know what policy agenda they will address; those things are too far from ordinary people like me,” the construction worker said. “That’s their problems, not my problem.” Professor Wu Hui , from the Central Party School, said that when the Communist Party took power in 1949 it stressed serving the people, being from the people and being one with the people. But the 91-year-old party was now facing the growing danger of “being divorced from the people”, he said.

“The party and its members are keeping their distance from the people, which is supposed to be their power base,” he said. “Ordinary Chinese do not get the chance to elect any officials more senior than village leaders, so they don’t feel any attachment to the regime.”

More than a million young people join the party every year. But many people interviewed apparently were apathetic about politics.

A retired Beijing resident said it was best “not to talk about political affairs at such a sensitive time”. “That’s none of our business,” he said. “What can we do except pray for the new leaders to promise wellbeing for all.”

A woman in her 30s said she knew about the 18th congress but mistakenly called it the “18th people’s congress”. She was surprised and remained sceptical when told it was the party congress.

“Aren’t they the same thing?” she asked.

A taxi driver said party congress delegates were just different. “The party delegates all look happy when you see them on TV,” he said.

“It’s just like watching the newscast on state-run TV – unrealistic – and they’re not ordinary people like us.”

At least the capital is presenting a festive front, with flower displays and with red banners reading “Without the Communist Party, there would be no new China” hanging across streets.

However, many residents remain unimpressed.

An engineer in the capital said: “The party is trying to build a harmonious atmosphere but it’s hard. People don’t care about the party congress because the party does not inspire mass support any more. It lost its fine tradition.”

Source: SCMP “Ordinary Chinese not bothered about upcoming party congress”

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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 “Ordinary Chinese don’t care about upcoming party congress

  1. The Chinese aren’t the only one’s who are disinterested and feeling marginalised by their political system. The US of A for one, and Australia for another. Both countries’ electors are becoming increasingly frustrated by the political manipulation and mediocre leadership in these countries.


    Posted by deknarf | November 7, 2012, 5:48 am

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