采访/刘惠 编辑/李谦 后制/周天
Wen Jiabao’s One More Political Reform Downplayed by the Party
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has repeatedly advocated
political reform, but then followed up with nothing.
Recently at a session of the State Council,
Wen once again spoke of political reform.
The official media didn’t publish the speech until 10 days later.
The action was seen as the Chinese Communists Party
deliberately down-playing political reform.
Observers think the CCP reformist forces have waned, while
the public in China have totally lost their confidence in the CCP.
The latest issue of Qiu Shi, CCP official magazine,
published Wen Jiabao’s speech given on January 23, the speech was shortened.
At the 8th State Council plenary, Wen Jiabao summarized
the State Council’s work over the past 10 years.
Again, Wen spoke indirectly of political reform.
He said that improving governance capability to realize
long-term state stability is a major task that
any ruler in any country and at any time
should ponder over and solve.
He stated that governance must rely on democracy and
rule of law, that is, a full-fledged system, mechanism and institutions.
Wen said that excessive and unchecked concentration
of political power is the root of corruption.
And so, “promoting reform of government agencies” is
an important part of political system reform.
Wen’s speech didn’t appear on the CCP’s official media
until 10 days later.
(Political observer) Zhang Jian: “In this way, it intentionally
told the CCP ruling elite that Wen Jiabao’s talk no longer works.
And that Wen’s speech is only his personal views and
some words of courtesy before he leaves office."
Zhu Xinxin, editor of former Hebei state radio, remarks that
the outgoing Wen Jiabao’s influence within the CCP has weakened.
The authorities used this speech as a window dressing
to appease the population, he says.
Zhu Xinxin: “The performance of the entire CCP system and
its officials show that the CCP’s energy for reform is waning.
At the moment, most of the populace, including pro-democracy
intellectuals, have lost patience and confidence in the CCP."
Prior to that, CCP new leader Xi Jinping did a southern tour
in Guangdong, the same trip taken by Deng Xiaoping in 1992.
Xi made a gesture of reform and vowed to assertively
fight against corrupt bigwigs, which drew the world’s attention.
Zhu Xinxin: “The entire CCP system is totally corrupt,
it has completely lost it’s self-renewal capacity. Xi’s initiatives are only palliatives.”
Zhu Xinxin indicates that a real cure is only achieved by
implementing a thorough reform.
But that will affect the CCP’s privileged elite,
and trigger the split up of the CCP.
And if it doesn’t carry out the reform, huge grievances
among the populace can explode at any time, Zhu Xinxin remarks.
Zhu Xinxin: “There’s an old saying: If it carries out the reform,
the CCP will perish; but if not, China itself will perish.
I believe the nation won’t die but the CCP will.
So regardless of what it’s dong now,
reform or no reform, it will end up dead.”
Zhang Jian says that the CCP top leadership won’t truly
combat corruption. It’s just a pose shown to the public.
Zhang Jian: “From bottom to top,
the CCP system has been rotten to the core.
Now the system is maintained by the operation of
state apparatus, and stifling free speech.
Clearly it cannot arrest all of its officials
at this moment “
Media commented that Wen Jiabao’s repeated political
reform proposals were acquiesced by other CCP top leaders.
But in various ways afterwards, they would still
lessen the impact of Wen’s talks.
Zhang Jian says that when Wen Jiabao became premier,
the public saw “the Hu-Wen administration” as a new hope.
Yet ten years later, China sees more corrupt officials,
more concentration of power, and more serious exploitation of the masses.
On February 1st, Wen Jiabao reportedly paid a visit to
a community in Xicheng district, Beijing and held a seminar.
At the seminar, Wen said he didn’t do a good job and felt guilty
about that. He was hoping to get the forgiveness of the masses.