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Wall Street Journal: China Market-Orientated Changes Accelerated If Wang Yang Gets on Standing Committee.
The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP)
18th National Congress is approaching.
The change of in the political situation of the CCP
has become the focus of China and the world.
Wang Yang is CCP Secretary in Guangdong province and
He is one of the competitive candidates for the CCP’s Standing Committee. He has received a lot of attention recently.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that it might
be able to accelerate market-orientated changes in China if Wang gets a position on the Standing Committee.
Some commentators think that Wang’s liberal ideology
is worth being encouraged and promoted.
However, Wang’s effort could only take effect if there
is a breakthrough change in the CCP’s political system.
The Wall Street Journal reported on July 28 that
Wang Yang, a leader for reform, has been always
compared to Bo Xilai, former CCP Secretary of Chongqing.
However, from the rise of Wang and the fall of Bo,
Wang is the one who has chosen the right political path.
Wang Yang has been actively promoting reform.
The report says that “should Wang Yang get a slot
on the Standing Committee,
it could be a signal that the new leadership will seek
to accelerate market-oriented changes.”
Wang Yang, son of a laborer, was first to propose “Happy
Guangdong” at the 18th Congress in Guangdong province.
He pledged a lasting and profound happiness to people.
Recently, Guangdong has experience a typhoon. Despite this,
Wang Yang made it to Huizhou to perform an investigation.
There he proposed “Happy Guangdong” again.
He claimed that people should be allowed to explore their own
way to happiness in order to construct a “Happy Guangdong”.
He said we should make people have the feeling
that happiness is knocking at their door.
Commentator Li Zixu: ”The ideology of Wang Yang
is very close to the universal value of human beings.
Wang promotes peacefulness and rationality. For example,
the way he dealt with ‘Wukan Event’ is very rational.
Bo Xilai and Zhou Yongkang in the
blood-debt faction, advocate violence.
They are trying hard to turn China into a more
authoritarian, totalitarian situation.”
Recently, Wang has lifted anti-corruption in Guangdong.
Hundreds of officials in Guangdong were regulated.
In Guangdong, he has also promoted “emancipating the mind”.
He even tried to undertake very bold reform in administrative system.
In the CCP Congress of Guangdong, he even proposed
the idea that the happiness of people is not the gift from the Party or the government.
It is the right of people to go after their own happiness.
He gained people’s support because of his political moves.
Liu Yinquan was a history professor.
Liu said CCP bureaucracy is very rigid.
If “liberal” officials like Wang can progress
faster and further, they will be limited.
They will be attacked by the
“conservative” (blood-debt) faction.
Liu Yinquan: “In China, not only should political reform
be performed, it has to also be reformed on a large scale.
Only in this way can political space be given
to ‘liberal’ officials like Wang Yang to make real changes.
If there is no political reform, there won’t be enough
space for ‘liberal’ officials to make any move.
In addition, the ‘liberal’ officials might be attacked
by the blood-debt faction, and be sacrificed.”
Commentator Li Zixu also thinks that the political moves
made by Wang Yang should be encouraged.
However, in the current CCP political system,
the space for Wang Yang to act in is very limited.
If Wang really wants to pass benefits to the ordinary
people, it’s bound to touch the interest of some officials.
It will be correspondingly opposed.
Lin Zixu: “It is good that Wang can move some
‘liberal’ political moves in the CCP system.
It’s also good for him to make some bold comments.
People like what he has done. However, if what he has done
is to maintain the CCP ruling foundation, it’s not as effective.”
Taiwanese “China Times” describes Wang Yang
as a political star for the CCP.
Some analysts think that the “top” candidates for the CCP
Standing Committee usually keep a low profile in order to keep anything unexpected out of the door.
It’s very unusual that Wang Yang was shown in such high profile.
It’s possible that Wang has gained the support from Hu & Wen behind the scenes.