Saturday, February 16, 2013

Xi Jinping Worldview

As the Chinese Big Boss settles in his saddle, stories are coming out about how does he envision China and her coming years. Granted, one single story does not make a man and there are many more Sino Experts who would have much more profound understanding of what is happening in China. But in the absence of more news items about decision makers in China as well as availability of Sino Experts outside of 'pay wall' in some cases; common Americans still have to hazard a guess about how does the Chinese Leader view the current world.

Based on the story in New York Times, it seems:

- For the Chinese Leader, centrality of Communist Party is given. He cannot or does not want to envision China as a prosperous and peaceful country which may or may not be ruled by Communist Party. May be it is his lineage or deeper understanding of Chinese Society that compels him on this road. But the end result is Xi Jinping does not want to make any moves to take China in multi-party polity. All that will have to wait until 2023 presumably when his terms end. The historic lesson for him from Soviet Union is 'primacy of Communist Party'. One wonders how well that is aligned with the welfare of common Chinese people. 

- Xi Jinping is fully aware that even if he avoids to be Mr. Gorbachev of China, dangers are all around to pull down the Communist Party. He rightly identifies 'corruption' as the most important of these challenges. But ironically he is not arguing that 'corrupt Chinese leaders will try to hide behind Chinese Nationalism'. On the other hand, he himself is engaging in more strident Chinese Nationalism. If all of that is to just establish Xi Jinping as the leader / decision maker of China; China is possibly into more troubles due to such a weak leader, such a weak system.

In any case  Xi Jinping's Chinese Nationalism will pretty soon collide with the grim news coming out of North Korea. The kind of fireworks young North Korean apprentice is undertaking just to formalize his claim to the inheritance; it is unprecedented. We will see, how the contemporary Chinese Emperor navigates this challenge. 

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