Dis­play­ing hu­mane gov­er­nance

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

THE lead­er­ship in China is show­ing signs of benevo lence. The lift­ing of a decade long re­stric­tion on one-child pol­icy and the abol­ish­ment of the con­tro­ver­sial labour camp sys­tem are cases in point. The Com­mu­nist Party has got an eye on the fu­ture. They are us­ing their pol­icy of rub­ber stamp­ing de­ci­sions taken in par­lia­ment to show­case their skills in gov­er­nance and ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Bei­jing has de­cided that it must have an hon­ourable rep­u­ta­tion if it is to min­gle and do busi­ness with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. But it has kept one eye shrewdly fixed on tweak­ing their in­ter­nal poli­cies. Cou­ples will now be al­lowed to have two chil­dren be­cause strict con­trol was un­der­min­ing eco­nomic growth, thanks to a fall in the work­ing pop­u­la­tion, and con­tribut­ing to a rapidly grow­ing age­ing pop­u­la­tion that the gov­ern­ment was forced to sup­port fi­nan­cially. The abol­ish­ment of labour camps adds a bit of gloss to their no­to­ri­ous hu­man rights record given that they were not be­ing used for the pur­poses they had been set up for. It’s not just about do­ing the right thing that mat­ters, but to be seen to be do­ing the right thing. — Gulf News

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