China CP 19th Congress Meeting – about its people or their leaders?

Today is the opening day of the 19th National Congress Meeting of China Communist Party (CCP). If you are in China, you would feel a mood of festivity shared by many, CCP members or not, and from what I heard from my friends in China or news from China, I see a serious commitment of the CCP to write up a report, based on facts and numbers, to inform the congressional members and the leaders of the party to make sensible and fact-based decisions on all matters in the country.

…and then I turn to NZ Herald only to spot an article titled:”Xi looks to extend his power“. And..

From meetings largely cloaked in secrecy, powerful players will emergy publicly in new roles, and Xi will address the nation to lay out his political and economic vision for…Xi…powerful leader…dominate Chinese politics…with virtually no domestic opposition…purging political rivals…only one faction left…

Just as the MMP in NZ, China has its own system of politics. Making the right changes in the leadership team is one of the main tasks of the Congress meeting, but making it sound like the Chinese president himself is dictating the country for his personal power gain is brainwashing.

Unlike the political meetings in New Zealand, the Chinese officials gather around in a meeting to address problems and make plans to solve them. China is a huge country full of all kinds of problems and challenges faced by not only China but all other countries.

Shouldn’t we kiwis try to learn from the creative solutions proposed and tested by the Chinese to work through these challenges? …which could honestly benefit us. Or should we simply attack our political system differences and be cynical or maybe incite hatred?

I do think the current meeting in China is about both the leaders and the people they serve. A comprehensive report is written involving 59 key organisations on 21 outstanding topics, the investigators went to 16 different provinces, to gather the first-hand data from all over the country. Unlike that in NZ where professors publish their own research that may simply end up useless in the immediate future or completely disconnected from what the government will do, this Congressional report in China is prepared with hard fact, problems identified and solutions proposed, and it is usually the key and reliable reference to know how well China, such a big nation, is really performing.

Can’t we learn something from China at all? Why should we always focus on the things that make us hate or despise? Why can’t we look at something that could be beneficial to our insight?

I will update you with the details of the report when I have a chance to lay my eyes on it, 20,000 words report, but I think it is worth reading.