Elections and re-elections for the important positions of Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and President of China are among the most intellectually rigorous of any electoral processes in the world. Copious documents about party philosophy, the state of the nation and economic, security, foreign and social policy are written, re-written and debated with a cerebral vigour unknown in most other political systems.
While this process might be less circus like and therefore less entertaining than the kind of spectacle and scandal driven elections in countries like the United States, the Chinese system is nevertheless far more effective at shaping leaders who have risen in the ranks of the Communist Party of China based on a clear commitment to hard work, personal excellence in education and policy making success.
Late in 2017, Xi Jinping was elected to another term as General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China while this month he was re-elected as the Chinese President. During his re-election as Secretary General, Xi delivered a speech on party philosophy, the future of the Chinese nation and key policy initiatives that covered Xi’s future goals for the development of a moderately prosperous Chinese society. The speech lasted for three and a half hours, during which Xi explored every detail of his Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.
Few world leaders have this kind of intellectual stamina and when one examines global political systems, it is not difficult to understand why. The recent Cambridge Analytica scandal has revealed the lengths that politicians in certain countries go to in order to scientifically manipulate the public, all while spending millions of dollars in the process.
In China, such manipulation techniques are not required as the nature of political discourse is far more developed than the simplistic soundbite culture of countries like the United States. While US politicians like Donald Trump pay companies like Cambridge Analytica to deceive the people, in China, political leaders discuss how to improve the economic and social condition of the people by pursuing and refining the market socialist system.
While many western commentators are criticising China for removing arbitrary term limits regarding the office of Chinese President, what they fail to realise is that China’s political system is far more transparent than its western counterparts. In China, political power is derived from the ability of a politician and those around him or her to produce successful results for the nation. There is no smoke and mirrors, calculated deception, displays of public vanity or innuendo, it is pure problem solving. Failed leaders in China are removed from public life so that they can no longer interfere in the smooth operations of crucial public institutions, where in the west, such leaders often become permanent political obstructionists, all while materially profiting from their ego driven post-failure campaigns.
The results are clear for all to see. China is on the verge of becoming the world’s largest economy, China has lifted more people out of poverty in the shortest period of time in history and by 2020, rural poverty is set to be eliminated even in the remotest corners of China. China is also fast becoming the innovation capital of the modern world.
Those whose political systems are slaves to prostitute procuring, data stealing, blackmailing liars like Cambridge Analytica’s CEO Alexander Nix are in no position to criticise China from any position of serious intellectual or ethical authority. Furthermore, as Xi Jinping continues to lead a large scale anti-corruption drive in the top levels of Chinese politics, such critics cannot fault a man for his own success both at running the world’s most dynamic economy, while also making sure that all officials remain diligent and committed to serving the people.
Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Cambridge Analytica and similar firms have turned the political systems of many nations into giant glass houses in which local activists should focus themselves on repairing before casting aspersions at China.