採訪/常春 編輯/李明飛 後製/李智遠
Hong Kong Media: Ma Kai in Charge of Finance, Is This a Hot Potato?
The divisions of the Vice Premiers of the Party’s
new State Council have gradually become clearer.
Recently, HongKong’s media reports: not as outsiders guessed,
the one in charge of Finance is not Zhang Gaoli or Wang Yang but Ma Kai.
Ma Kai is ranked last among four Vice-Premiers.
Currently China’s economic growth is clearly slowing down
and signs of the Financial Crisis have become obvious.
Can Ma Kai untie the ticking time bomb in China’s
financial system? Let’s listen to the experts’ analysis.
After the Party’s “Two Sessions”, the list of Vice Premiers of
the State Council has been gradually announced.
Each Vice Premier’s division is a hot topic for outsiders.
Rumors are constantly coming out.
Last Monday, Ma Kai went to Zhengzhou
to investigate the railway work.
He inspected the high speed railway running sections and
railway construction projects.
Consequently, outsiders speculated that Ma Kai
would succeed Zhang Dejiang to take charge of transportation and industrial production.
In addition, another new vice premier, Wang Yang, recently
attended the “China-Russia Tourism Year" in Moscow and
hosted a forum participated in by representatives
from Chinese enterprises in Russia.
Consequently Hong Kong’s Qing Tao Daily inferred that
Wang Yang has already taken all of Wang Qishan’s jobs to be in charge of Finance, Commerce and Tourism.
However, last week Wang Yang also attended the
National Spring Conference on agricultural production and
television & telephone conference on forest and
grassland fire protection and deforestation work.
It seems that he is determined to be in charge of
agriculture, tourism and commerce.
This Tuesday, the executive Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, met
a delegation group of executive directors of the World Bank.
Some analysts believe: it is Zhang Gaoli
who is in charge of Finance.
However, Hong Kong’s Sing Tao Global Network quoted
the latest News and revealed that
the real vice premier in charge of finance is Ma Kai,
who is ranked last among all vice premiers.
Lu Dong, the spokesman of the Chinese
Christian Democratic Party, said:
it is out of many people’s speculations that
Ma Kai is assigned to be in charge of Finance.
As Ma Kai is one of Wen Jiangbao’s cronies, some people
think it shows that the liberals in the Party have been entrusted.
However, he believes that China’s economy is a ticking
time bomb and that some people are reluctant to take over.
Lu Dong: “You take the hot potato today. If tomorrow the
financial crisis erupts, you may become the scapegoat.
Now Ma Kai suddenly takes charge of Finance.
It may not be good news for him. He may not really be trusted.”
Ma Kai is 66 years old. He is China’s macro-economic expert,
and has served as director of the National Development and
Reform Commission, the State Council Secretary-General
and other key positions.
He is familiar with financial work.
He, together with Jin Renqing (the Finance Minister),
Zhou Xiaochuan (the governor of the People’s Bank of China),
and Lu Fuyuan (the former Minister of Commerce),
had been considered as Wen Jiabao’s
four primary Finance officials.
Zhong Dajun, director of Beijing Dajun economic consulting firm,
said that the status quo of China’s economy is like a patient with problems all over the whole body.
It is impossible for someone to radically cure it all at once.
Zhong Dajun: “Domestic income distribution is not balanced.
It results in the poor becoming even poorer and the rich becoming even richer.
It is a problem that the poor do not have money to spend.
On the contrary, a lot of rich people go overseas to spend
their money and stimulate other countries’ economies.
They even transfer domestic wealth overseas.
This is also a problem.”
Sing Tao Global Network also reports:
for the four Vice Premiers of the State Council,
Ma Kai is in charge of transportation besides finance.
Zhang Gaoli is in charge of the National Development and
Reform Commission and the Treasury Department;
Wang Yang is in charge of Agriculture and Foreign Trade;
and Liu Yandong is in charge of Health, Culture and Education.
Xie Tian, Professor of Aiken Business School of the University
of South Carolina, said: “In the Party’s old system and under the Party’s totalitarianism,
no matter who is in charge, it is impossible to promote
China’s economic and financial improvements.
Unless he can truly touch the fundamentals of
the Party’s regime, disintegrate the Party,
eliminate the Party’s privileges, abolish the Party’s autocracy,
and stop exploiting the Chinese people in the economic and
financial fields, this may be a turnaround.”
In addition, Sing Tao Global Network also reports that
for five State Councilors,
Yang Jing is the housekeeper of the State Council,
Chang Wanquan also serves as Minister of Defense,
Guo Shengkun serves as Minister for Public Security,
and Yang Jiechi serves as the Minister for Diplomacy.
Wang Yong, the former director of China’s state-owned assets,
is the only one without clear responsibilities.
He may be in charge of state-owned assets and