China’s Own Leadership Conclave: Time to Raise the Rubber Stamps

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Yu Zhengsheng (center front) chairman of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) presides over the closing meeting of the first conference of the Standing Committee of the 12th CPPCC National Committee in Beijing on March 13, 2013.

Those people worried about China’s fondness for intellectual property piracy need not be concerned—in the political sphere, at least. On March 12, one of the country’s senior leaders, Yu Zhengsheng, gave a speech in Beijing, where various leadership confabs are currently taking place, in which he vowed that China would not be copying the wayward fashions of the West:

“We need to more strictly follow the socialist path of political development with Chinese characteristics, not imitate Western political systems under any circumstances, always adhere to the correct political orientation, and strengthen the CPPCC’s ideological and political foundations of collective struggle.”

Yu is the chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, which is abbreviated rather cumbersomely as the CPPCC. Technically speaking, the 67-year-old was elected to this top job on Monday, and his remarks were targeted at some 2,000 so-called political advisers who make up the CPPCC National Committee. Also converging on Beijing now are deputies to the annual legislative National People’s Congress (NPC), who on Thursday began voting for China’s next set of civilian leaders.

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In reality, these leadership polls aren’t exercises in true electoral democracy nor, as Yu noted, does the leadership want to follow the West. (Of course, as one snarky commenter on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like service, noted, “Is Russia not a Western country? If so, why did the Chinese Communist Party of China copy the whole Soviet Union’s political system?”)

Despite the Chinese leadership’s allergy to some Western political mores, the coverage of the CPPCC and NPC in China’s state-controlled press over the past few days has borrowed heavily from democratic verbiage. “Three Days, Nine Ballots: Details of State Leadership Elections” went a March 13 headline from Xinhua, China’s state-run newswire and government mouthpiece. From Thursday through Saturday, wrote Xinhua, almost 3,000 NPC delegates would be casting nine ballots to usher in a slew of new leaders, ranging from China’s president and vice president to the country’s chief justice.

Six of these ballots are for what Xinhua deems an “election.” Three are for “appointments.” Neither type will be a real contest. As Xinhua itself notes, “Except the NPC Standing Committee members, each vacancy in the elections will have only one candidate.” The variation between “elections” and “appointments” is slight. In an “election,” the NPC deputy is theoretically allowed to write in the name of another person should he or she not support the sole proffered candidate. In an “appointment,” a write in is not allowed. The difference is immaterial since write-in campaigns aren’t exactly a factor in Chinese politics. To win, a nominee only needs 50% of the vote, an easy task in this compliant legislature. Historically, most nominees have received well over 90% of the delegates’ support. Nevertheless, Xinhua described the rubber-stamp exercise as “three busy days.”

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The most significant outcome of the five-yearly process came on Thursday with the naming of Xi Jinping as China’s new president, succeeding Hu Jintao, who held the post for a decade. Although president of the world’s most populous country and second-largest economy sounds like a mighty august job, Xi already inherited two far more important titles from Hu last November during the Communist Party’s Congress: General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and Chairman of the Party’s Central Military Commission.

The Party is crucial in determining the unopposed candidates currently appearing on the NPC ballots. Technically speaking, these men—most are men—were nominated by the NPC’s presidium earlier in the leadership confab, giving the illusion of legislative muscle. But the choices are based on recommendations from the Party’s Central Committee—and these are not recommendations to be ignored. The script was choreographed even before the presidium gathered.

Witness the state’s propaganda effort in burnishing Yu’s credentials as he was supposedly elected to his new post earlier this week. “A frank, devoted friend,” opined Xinhua in a lavish profile of the new CPPCC head, praising his “sincerity and credibility [that] has turned [him] into a bosom friend of CPPCC members.” We learn that Yu, during a trip to troubled Tibetan regions, showed “genuine concern and great care, is devoted to cementing the unity and cohesion of the family of the Chinese nation, and to the patriotic united front.” He is also a man apparently unafraid of the wok: “After work, Yu sometimes goes to the market to buy food. He cooks dishes when he has time.” Who in China wouldn’t want to vote for such a fine fellow—even in a country whose leadership has no wish to “imitate Western political systems under any circumstances?”

with reporting by Gu Yongqiang / Beijing

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jefforsythe9
jefforsythe9

The new president's biggest challenge will be how to hide the corruption and the million of heinous crimes against humanity that the brutal Chinese Communist Party has committed since 1949.Crimes such as the murder of a hundred million innocent citizens, crimes such as the genocide, which is going on right now, of the tens of millions of innocent Falun Gong practitioners by the use of torture, slavery, organ harvesting and murder. Just recently, a young pregnant Falun Gong was put in a prison cell with four hardened criminals, where she was raped continuously on Party orders. Let us not forget the hundreds of hidden slave camps. The cruel CCP is simply a gangster regime that teaches its people godlessness and brutality and Western companies line up to do business as usual because of insatiable greed. The worst crime of all is the crime against conscience.

Vanida Cole
Vanida Cole

I know lots of Chinese, but I could never understand ANY of them!!!

Pat Collender
Pat Collender

What a joyful night and thanks to the Holy Spirit, we have a new Pope from the developing New World, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., Archbishop of Buenos Aires, who is now known as Pope Francis I. Viva la Papa! Viva la Papa! Viva la Papa! He was born of Italian parents.

Pat Collender
Pat Collender

Luke 'Ming' Flanagan a hypocritical politician from Ireland might be elected as the new leader in China

Djamal Amra
Djamal Amra

Allah says "there are men who take Allah instead of other gods, and love like Allah" (2:165) Love of Allah is the foundation stone of Islam, when it reaches its peak completes Islam and faith, and when it decreases, decreases the Fe and monotheism, so its importance. "Some men besides Allah , take others that equate to Him and love them as they love Allah. " Through this verse Allah informs us that those who love something as much as I love Allah and be taken as associate partner with Allah Association in love, not in the Domain or Lordship (ar-Rubbubía) because people do not know one you have associated with Allah in this regard. and many people have fallen into idolatry and partnership to Allah in love and devotion. Then Allah said "those who believe love Allah more deeply" this verse can be interpreted in two ways: 1-deeper Believers love Allah (swt) that love with the polytheists with their deities. 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If you truly love Allah then follow me, Allah will love you and forgive your sins "(3:31) This verse is called the verse of love and devotion. He said a group of people allegedly claimed to love Allah then revealed this verse shows that the love of Allah (swt) has a test and a result. The test is to follow the Messenger of Allah (swt) and the result is the love of the Prophet Allah said, "O Believers, if some of you renounce your religion, Allah will supplant them by others who will love and they will love you, and will be merciful to the believers, severe against disbelievers and fight for the cause of Allah without fear any reproach. " (5:54) This verse mentions four characteristics :1-Humility toward the believers, that is understanding, loving, indulgent. 2-But strict and firm with unbelievers. 3-The struggle on the road and the cause of Allah (swt) with the words, goods, facts, and this is a demonstration of love and devotion. 4-No fear of slander, and this is a test of unconditional love and devotion. Allah said: "They seek the means to get closer to his Lord, crave His mercy and fear His punishment." (17:57), mentioned in this verse three states: 1-Love, which means the desire of His nearness and pleasure. 2-Access to His pleasure through pious works. 3-The servant temor.El longing and strives for complacency and the nearness of his Lord, and this is the result of love and devotion to the essence of Allah (swt), we might even say that this love is the engine that drives the desire for better definition cercanía.La made about the meaning of love was expressed by the devotional Junayd. Abu Bakr Al Katani said: "the definition was discussed devotional love in the city of Mecca, Allah's filled with honor and prestige, during the days of the pilgrimage (hajj). Different sages and scholars gave their views on , and Junayd, who was the youngest among them was asked:-Iraqi, tell us your opinion. then Al-Junayd lowered his head and his eyes filled with tears said, a servant who loses consciousness of himself, delivered to the remembrance of their Lord through his heart, which burns in reverence before his birth, to taste the cup of devotion, to discover the hidden shame before. If it does then talks about Allah, and if it works made by order of Allah, by Allah and with Allah. - At these words the sages cried and said one of them - and who among us can add something to this definition? May Allah succor thee, O best of us who knows his Lord "

Tomdabest
Tomdabest

@jefforsythe9yeah I hope they kill more Falun Gong cult. Hey when is your loser master show the billion that he hided?