采访/常春 编辑/李明飞 后制/萧宇
30% of Representatives Vote Against the Environmental Protection Committee
On March 16, the Party’s National Congress voted on
the members of China’s government.
The candidate name list was turned in by Li Keqiang.
Among all candidates, Zhou Shengxian,
Minister of the Department of Environmental Protection,
was the bottom candidate.
It was rare to see 30% of representatives cast dissenting
votes or abstention votes for the members of Environment and Resources Protection Committee.
Is this phenomenon the reflection of public opinion?
Li Keqiang turned in a candidate list for 4 Vice Premiers,
5 State Council members and 25 Ministers.
Based on voting results, 4 candidates got
less than 2,800 votes.
They are Zhou Shengxian, Minister of the
Department of Environmental Protection;
Jiang Weixin, Minister of the Department of Housing
and Municipal and Rural Construction;
Zhou Xiaochuan, Governor of People’s Bank of China and
Yuan Guiren, Minister of Department of Education.
The bottom candidate is Zhou Shengxian, Minister of
the Department of Environment Protection.
Zhou got 2,734 consenting votes,
171 dissenting votes, and 47 abstention votes.
Right before the 18th National Congress, severely polluted
air of big cities in China became an unavoidable topic.
The National Congress has been called a “rubber stamp"congress.
However, this time Zhou Shengxian got this many dissenting votes.
Some analysts think that it reflects the fact that
environmental pollution in China has become severe.
Commentator Sima Tai:"It’s a good sign that
dissenting votes are allowed.
Nevertheless, if the Party tries to play internal democracy
to procrastinate the realization of democratization in China, this will be dangerous.
The party’s internal democracy is nothing but a tool that
factions use to enhance their own interest."
In the voting for Director, Associate Director and board
members of the Environment and Resources Protection Committee,
there were 850 dissenting votes and 125 abstention votes.
15 people didn’t push any button for their votes. In the end,
the draft was barely passed with 1,969 consent votes.
Over 30% of representatives were against the draft or
waived their voting right.
Commentator Ren Baiming:"As a matter of fact,
everyone knows that protection is not only up to the Department of Environmental Protection.
Most of the time, it is down to those local officials who
themselves caused the deterioration of the environment in pursuit of their own benefits.
The congress representatives were only taking the chance
to show their dissatisfaction, which is in no way related to democracy.
In fact, a lot of things that happened in the congress
Ren Baiming also stated another reason for
the many dissenting votes.
That is, the Party doesn’t have a core leader with
absolute power, so the Party is as if disintegrated.
Ren Baiming: “The voting cannot demonstrate
any public opinion at all.
The Chinese Communist Party is a one-party dictatorship
and this fact has never changed.
Nowadays, due to political chaos, faction conflicts and
various social problems and perils, all kind of voices for different issues are made.
Therefore, discontent opinions are not a demonstration of
democracy, but of social turbulence."
Earlier, When Li Yuanchao was elected Vice Chairman,
he got 80 dissenting votes and 37 abstention votes.
When Ling Jihua was elected as Vice Chairman of Political Bureau,
he got 90 dissenting votes and 22 abstention votes.
Taiwan’s “Central New Agency"stated that it only superficially
shows political harmony when some leaders got many dissenting and abstention votes.
However, the faction conflicts behind the scenes
have never stopped.