Displaying humane governance
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