Pas­sion and com­po­sure lead anti-graft fight

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Some an­a­lysts viewXi Jin­ping, the top leader of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, as an ide­al­ist. While some say that Xi al­ways re­mains sober-minded. As a mat­ter of fact, ide­al­is­tic pas­sion is com­mon among those en­gaged in pol­i­tics, but a good states­man sets him­self apart from oth­ers by com­bin­ing pas­sion with com­po­sure. Xi’s re­cent re­marks at­test to this.

Any­one who keeps an eye on China will know that in 2014, de­spite the mount­ing down­ward pres­sure on China’s econ­omy, the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment and its rul­ing party still man­aged to please the Chi­nese peo­ple by pur­su­ing an anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign in a real sense. The cam­paign has caught both “tigers”, high-rank­ing mil­i­tary of­fi­cers and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in pow­er­ful po­si­tions, and “flies”, petty of­fi­cials, in the anti-cor­rup­tion net and brought them to jus­tice.

The cam­paign has been widely ap­pre­ci­ated by the public. But de­spite its in­dis­putable suc­cess and pop­u­lar­ity, Xi’s anal­y­sis and judg­ment on the is­sue of cor­rup­tion have re­mained level-headed.

He said that China’s anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign still faces “grave and com­pli­cated chal­lenges”, and “cor­rup­tion is in­deed kept at bay, but it is not yet wiped out, and although the anti-cor­rup­tion mech­a­nism has been es­tab­lished, it is not a fullfledged one”.

To put it in a nut­shell, he be­lieves that the cam­paign has fallen short of “an over­whelm­ing victory”. So will there be an over­whelm­ing victory in the fight against cor­rup­tion in 2015?

As am­at­ter of fact, win­ning that battle is not Xi’s goal. He sees the anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign as an “ar­du­ous and pro­tracted war”, but one that must be won. For him, the most de­sir­able blue­print is “re­duc­ing the in­ven­tory of cor­rup­tion, curb­ing its in­crease and re­build­ing the po­lit­i­cal ecosys­tem”. To turn this blue­print into re­al­ity, Xi said that it is im­per­a­tive to keep ap­ply­ing high pres­sure, to adopt zero tol­er­ance and re­tain the de­ter­mi­na­tion and courage to take strong mea­sures, suf­fer great pains and en­force strin­gent dis­ci­pline. He said it is cru­cial to get to the bot­tom of each and ev­ery case, give teeth to the an­ti­cor­rup­tion ef­forts and form a pow­er­ful de­ter­rent.

He used the well-known story of a gen­eral in an­cient China to make his point and il­lus­trate his de­ter­mi­na­tion to fight cor­rup­tion. When wounded in the arm by a poi­soned ar­row, Guan Yu, with­out the aid of any anaes­thetic, had some­one cut open his arm and scrape away the poi­son from his bone, which saved his life.

A few­days af­ter he made th­ese re­marks, a list of mil­i­tary tigers was re­leased, which in­cluded the names of 16 high-rank­ing mil­i­tary of­fi­cers – a gen­eral, three lieu­tenant gen­er­als, 11 ma­jor gen­er­als and a se­nior colonel. Due to his ear­lier ex­pe­ri­ence in the army, Xi feels a strong affin­ity with the mil­i­tary. But maybe be­cause of his own mil­i­tary ex­pe­ri­ence, af­ter as­sum­ing chair­man­ship of the CPC Cen­tralMil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, he was deeply dis­ap­pointed and frus­trated with the in­com­pe­tence and cor­rup­tion of some com­man­ders, and with the lack of co­or­di­na­tion, in­ad­e­quate train­ing and loose dis­ci­pline in the mil­i­tary. To rec­tify th­ese is­sues, he has taken two ef­fec­tive mea­sures, namely, scal­ing up var­i­ous mil­i­tary ex­er­cises, and in­ten­si­fy­ing the fight against cor­rup­tion in the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army. He told his gen­er­als, “We don’t do this be­cause we want to pick a fight with some­one, but be­cause cor­rup­tion in the army is syn­ony­mous with a fail­ure on the bat­tle­ground.”

Some doubt whether the an­ti­cor­rup­tion cam­paign can be main­tained. But Xi knows full well that if he gives up, he will let the peo­ple down and lose their trust, and that it will sig­nif­i­cantly com­pro­mise the po­lit­i­cal foun­da­tion of the rul­ing party. In this con­text, the des­tiny of China, and that of China’s rul­ing party, hinges on whether this an­ti­cor­rup­tion cam­paign will bring about a clean, ef­fi­cient and ser­vice­ori­ented gov­ern­ment. Xi has adopted this mission as one of his ideals. And this is the source of his pas­sion and com­po­sure. The au­thor is a re­search scholar with the China Foun­da­tion for In­ter­na­tional and Strate­gic Stud­ies. Cour­tesy: Chin­aus­fo­

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