In my previous post, I pointed to an article on Xinhua in which some party officials were calling for the “spread” of democracy in China. After reading that article, I felt somewhat encouraged that perhaps China’s political future was heading in the right direction.
Today, Tom over at Seeing Red in China wrote an article that has me feeling less encouraged. He points to some statements by high level CCP officials stating things like “[o]n the basis of China’s conditions, we’ve made a solemn declaration that we’ll not employ a system of multiple parties holding office in rotation” and that there is “[no] possibility of separating executive, legislative and judicial powers, adopting a bicameral or federal system…”
Wu Bangguo, the chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, was the one making those statements, so they presumably carry the weight of the CCP leadership behind them.
In my previous post, I said, “[t]here is a good chance that the Xinhua article is just a propaganda puff piece to improve the CCP’s international image.” Despite that possibility, I was hopeful. Today, I would have to say it was just propaganda, as I feared.
The CCP’s continual fear-mongering is really getting old and tiresome. Said Wu:
If we waver (from the correct political orientation and major issues of principle, such as the fundamental system of the State), the achievements gained thus far in development will be lost and it is possible the country could sink into the abyss of internal disorder.
When will the CCP learn? If they don’t reform, they all but guarantee the “abyss of internal disorder” that they say they fear so much. The corruption inherent in the structure of their government ensure that the people will eventually have had enough. How can people so (justifiably) proud of their history be so ignorant of one of its major lessons? The CCP very well might become one of China’s shorter “dynasties.”