Wang Yang’s Political Reform Talk: Testing the Water Temperature?
Guangdong’s Party chief, Wang Yang, is regarded as being
a weather vane showing Hu Jintao’s political developments.
Wang is the core member of the Youth League faction
within the Chinese Communist Party(CCP).
Recently, Wang’s political reform talks have suddenly
thundered, attracting media attention.
Are Hu & Wen testing the water temperature
before advancing in political reform?
Or is it the CCP’s measure against the pressure of the pubic
The CCP has always been promising the finest things
while doing all the most vile deeds in history, say outsiders.
Actions speak louder than words, when it comes to the CCP
regime’s political reform.
Commentators say it’s up to the Chinese people themselves
to strive for the realization of China’s democracy.
On May 14, Wang Yang, the CCP Secretary of Guangdong,
gave a speech after his re-election.
Wang stressed that, “the abuse of power for personal gain
is despised behavior."
“The power we hold in our hands is given by the people;
It can only be used to serve the people’s interests,
and we must always uphold that the Party exists to serve
public interests and that it governs for the people.”
“We must adhere to using our authority impartially and keep
a clean Governance. The public may supervise.” says Wang.
China Affairs magazine chief editor, WuFan, says, the public
does not need to be too concerned with Wang’s remarks.
Wu says he does not think the CCP’s top-level has
real intention to pilot political reform in Guangdong.
Wu Fan: “In my opinion, Wang’s talk aims to test the water
to see how the public reacts to it.
Another purpose is to determine whether political reform
suitable to be just as a propaganda or to put into practice.”
Commentator Lan Shu says, so far the CCP has not taken
actions against the “blood-debt clan” who have impeded the
reform—actions speak louder than words—the public should
not be too hopeful with the officially touted “political reform."
Lan Shu: “Just put into practice what you really want to do—
You could directly bring up the democracy issue.
If you are really willing to accept public supervision,
then just let the people vote.
Has the CCP really given voting rights back to the people?
—this issue is the most critical.
The official mantra can’t help judge whether the CCP is
prepared to start a reform.”
Wang Yang’s touting, considered rare and precious
by the media, was widely reproduced.
At the CCP’s Guangdong provincial congress, days ago,
Wang Yang said,
“Get rid of misconceptions that the CCP and
the government bestowed the people’s happiness.”
Media professional in China, Huang Liangtian, points out
that the CCP is different from those parties in the West.
The CCP has from its inception been committed only to
fighting for its own group’s interests.
People should leave the CCP, before it tries to achieve
the goal of “governing for the people".
Huang Liangtian: “At the outset, the CCP told outsiders
frankly: ‘We’ll achieve the goal of our own revolution’.
The CCP’s revolutionary goal is just for their private gains,
so over the decades, the CCP has formulated and applied
gangster-like discipline, guidelines and policies.”
In recent years, each day witnesses powerful campaigns of
“Quit the CCP” and vigorous surging “mass protests”.
Lan Shu thinks the CCP has obviously realized
its prospective disintegration by the public.
The Chinese should not lay their hopes on the CCP officials
to change China, because incorruptible officials are often
removed first from the CCP, so the existing CCP system
should be further pressured, Lan Shu remarks.
Lan Shu: “The CCP’s change is totally passive,
so it will disintegrate in the near future.
That is, China’s future is at the hands of the Chinese people;
It’s not controlled by the CCP top leadership.
Even in Western democracy, the public never supervised
the government by trusting the leaders’ few empty words."
Bo Xilai’s ouster was deemed a “Chongqing Mode” failure—
Will Wang Yang’s “Guangdong Mode” prevail across China?
Critics say, while China goes along “the road of socialism
with Chinese characteristics”, the country will never taste real democracy and freedom.