Can West un­der­stand China with­out un­der­stand­ing CPC?

Global Times US Edition - - EDITORIAL - By Ai Jun

“It’s Of­fi­cial: China’s E-Com­merce King Is a Com­mu­nist,” claimed The Wall Street Jour­nal Tues­day, as if it un­veiled a star­tling dis­cov­ery. Ear­lier the same day, the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) pub­lished a list of 100 in­di­vid­u­als who made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to China’s re­form and openingup. Yet the iden­tity of Jack Ma Yun, co-founder and ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of the Alibaba Group, as a Com­mu­nist Party mem­ber, caught more at­ten­tion than the com­men­da­tion.

The truth is Ma’s CPC mem­ber­ship was known long ago. Zhe­jiang (S) En­trepreneur­s As­so­ci­a­tion was founded on Oc­to­ber 24, 2015, and Ma was elected first pres­i­dent. His in­tro­duc­tion on the as­so­ci­a­tion web­site showed he was a CPC mem­ber. That means he was a mem­ber for years.

Why did such cre­den­tials pique for­eign me­dia in­ter­est? Can’t pri­vate en­trepreneur­s be Com­mu­nist Party mem­bers?

There was a time in China when pri­vate en­trepreneur­s were con­sid­ered the ex­ploit­ing class. They be­came a new so­cial stra­tum af­ter re­form and open­ing-up. Be­fore the 16th Na­tional Congress of the CPC in 2002, they could not join the Party. With their in­creas­ing con­tri­bu­tion to China’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, the Party ad­justed the def­i­ni­tion of the group. In an amend­ment to the Party Con­sti­tu­tion made dur­ing the 16th Na­tional Congress, they were de­fined as an ad­vanced el­e­ment of other so­cial strata.

Whether to be­come a Party mem­ber is a free choice for pri­vate en­trepreneur­s. Nowa­days suc­cess­ful pri­vate en­trepreneur­s are su­per­stars of Chi­nese so­ci­ety. There is no con­flict at all be­tween be­ing a Party mem­ber and do­ing busi­ness.

Ma thanked the re­form and open­ing-up pol­icy for pro­vid­ing a great op­por­tu­nity for pri­vate com­pa­nies to thrive. Mem­bers of the CPC like Ma have helped pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of pri­vate Chi­nese en­ter­prises and even the en­tire na­tion.

Alibaba is­sues a so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity re­port ev­ery year, which touches upon the com­pany’s re­spon­si­bil­ity in the mar­ket, char­ity, pub­lic in­ter­ests, en­vi­ron­ment and su­per­vi­sion re­spon­si­bil­ity for pub­lic opin­ion guid­ance of the in­ter­net. Ma said he wanted to “im­prove this so­ci­ety,” which fully show­cases his sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity, which is no dif­fer­ent from en­trepreneur­s of other coun­tries.

The op­er­a­tion of their com­pa­nies is no dif­fer­ent from Western cor­po­ra­tions and this has al­ready been proved by their de­vel­op­ment on the global arena. Mean­while, these in­di­vid­u­als rep­re­sent China’s ad­vanced pro­duc­tive forces. Thanks to them, China’s re­form and open­ing-up could be ef­fi­ciently car­ried out, ma­jor high-tech pro­grams could be im­ple­mented, the com­pet­i­tive­ness of Chi­nese en­ter­prises could be boosted and peo­ple’s liv­ing stan­dards could be raised.

It has been 40 years of re­form and open­ing-up. It is quite sur­pris­ing to see the West so as­ton­ished over Ma be­ing a Party mem­ber. The Western me­dia should at least learn some his­tory be­fore judg­ing the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment.

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