Comments on: China’s war of the oligarchs Navigating the global archipelago Fri, 26 Sep 2014 22:50:11 +0000 hourly 1 By: speez Tue, 24 Apr 2012 19:53:45 +0000 Article should have been called China’s Unrestricted Warfare. US better wake up and take it’s industries back from this monster before it’s too late. If you need a wake up call read Unrestricted Warfare by Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui. The book was written by two Peoples Liberation Army senior colonels who were regarded as heroes after this publication. It lays out the plan that they’re using to conquer the US without a shot being fired. Here’s a link to it. I haven’t bought a single thing made in China since I read this

By: Algothia Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:32:55 +0000 To Thucydides: at least he clearly states his background and profession. You do not. He seems quite qualified to have an opinion on this.

To GMavros: living in China for x number of years is not always of great value. I have also lived here for 9 years now and I agree with you that those are the party’s priorities but as the title of the article suggests, that is another topic altogether. Also, the Communist Party of China is known by the acronym CPC, not CCP.

By: GMavros Tue, 24 Apr 2012 05:23:12 +0000 @Nader Mousavizadeh;
I do not believe that you have lived in China long enough, if any, to know what you are talking about. I’ve lived in China for most of the last 9 yrs & I do have a good understanding of what is going on here. Here are the facts as I see them.

The CCP’s top priority is economic growth which they know is not sustainable unless they address the following.
1- Breaking up the state owned monopolies.
2- Addressing the widening gap between the rich & the poor.
3- Cracking down on corruption at the highest levels.
4- Shifting to a domestic market driven economy.
Of course all of these are inter-related & inter-depended.

In attaining these goals the most powerful impediment they face is the Chinese culture itself. For thousands of years oligarchy has dominated their political system, and it is the norm, even today, in all social levels and economic classes, as though it is in their genes.
It will take a long time, reorganization, creative thinking & effective action for the CCP to move forward with their goals. Some blundering is natural & to be expected.
The Chinese leadership, despite its many shortcomings, has done a miraculous job with their economy and we all hope that they will do equally well with the upcoming restructuring.

By: Thucydides Tue, 24 Apr 2012 03:51:21 +0000 This guy has no credibility, nor the experience or background to really know what he’s talking about. And while we’re at it, let’s get someone without the obvious agendas that come from working for the likes of Goldman Sachs and Kofi Annan. Of course, the business version of political science and geopolitics is always entertaining.

By: Janeallen Tue, 24 Apr 2012 02:10:46 +0000 Bo’s downfall should be a very good thing all in all.
More than one news coverage I’ve read described him
as somebody who’ ultra-leftist, having strated some movement to revive neo-maoism ideological movement.
Frankly, I don’t see how any clear-minded person can
wrap one’s brain around reconciling Maoism and China’s current economic success. Mao is the antithesis every
economic success in China. If Mao had lived a decade or two longer, China would probably still be in the back waters in terms of economic growth.

Bo and his deputy Wang, who had tried to defect, were both reported to have cracked down heavily on human rights activists — quite consistent with their ultra-left ideological stand.

I also saw a news report showing a Capitol Hill congresswoman questioning why we didn’t accept Wang’s request for asylum because she thought that’s a good way to garnish valuable intelligence. I thought that woman was nuts! We have nothing ideological in common with this guy Wang, who is reputed to be a Gestapo-like figure. I’m glas we didn’t give the guy aslum. On the other hand, this guy disappeared. So, just like whistleblowers in the West, he is probably suffering from doing the right thing and not side with a murder coverup. Therefore, I have sympathy for him also.

If China is serious about giving an impression of transparency, reassuring business investors that murders and coverups won’t recur, then China needs to do more than punishing the murderers. China must allow the whistleblower to speak his side of the story. If whistleblowers are to be placed in a “psychiatric hospital”, then future whistleblowers will be deterred. In turn, similar transgressions, though technically against the law, will not come to light, or come to the attention of the ruling oligarchy, and any assurance of safety for businessmen lacks credibility.

If Chinese oligarchy doesn’t want to do it for justice, they should do it for the purpose of maintaining their business edge in attracting investment. Set up an independent anti-corruption unit, so that any reporting whistleblowers will be guaranteed safety and protection from retaliation. If they can do that, however challenging it may be, and it may even have to involve some kind of amnesty for the past corruption for such a unit to enable a jumpstart to fresh morale, China’s economy and international reputation will certainly soar.

On the other hand, without effective anti-corruption reform, and an independent unit free from special interest, China’s development will be greatly handicapped from achieving its full potential. And its bad reputation is unlikely to make the drastic progress it needs to support healthy growth in all sectors. Corruption eats at everything aspect in any society, but even more so in a developing country.

By: jbeekman Mon, 23 Apr 2012 21:34:23 +0000 In 2 words: deja vu. China has been here before, repeatedly over the past couple of centuries. Now we call them oligarchs, in the past they were called mandarins.
Plus ca change.