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Xi Jinping Wants to Remake China

By    |   Sunday, 25 January 2015 08:37 AM

China's geopolitical landscape changes by the second. Xi Jinping toes the line of acceptance within the Communist Party’s eĢlite and broader Chinese acceptance deftly. He is just as adept maneuvering within the sphere of Europeean and U.S. relations — all to his benefit, of course.

However, Xi is shedding his old power affiliations and is selecting a new ruling class that will owe allegiance only to the leader; he will choose his men on the basis of their loyalty to the leader, particularly on the basis of their being functional to Xi Jinping’s new political project.

There will no longer be a confederation of groups in power, but a lean, streamlined and powerful leadership.

As during the leadership of Mao Zedong, Xi will follow the Confucian canon, which is based on the Tao, intended to ensure a safe and stable government.

The love and respect of Chinese citizens cannot be acquired only with economic development. There must be an adherence, or at the appearance, to morals and traditions. This is the new line Xi will toe.

The turning point is the stand against corruption.

While in every Western country corruption is dangerous for the very survival of the state, in the CPC tradition it is the denial of the legitimacy of the revolutionary party and its Leninist hegemony over the state.

According to the Maoist tradition, which has grafted onto the Chinese constitutional fabric, the economic morality of leaders and their personal integrity is the foundation of loyalty to the party, hence of the party’s legitimate power over the state and civil society.

Not to mention the image of communist China abroad and the protection of its geopolitical interests which, should corruption practices expand, would de facto be privatized, with all inherent dangers therein.

In China the fight against corruption has already hit Zhou Yongkang, former minister of public security, and many other leaders and executives of the party and the public administration.

Chinese media speak about Xi’s fight against corruption not as a "campaign," but as a "protracted war" — and that bears real meaning.

Unlike what some Western analysts think, Xi is capable of winning the war against corruption.

Further, he can win without liberalizing his policies, which talking heads in the West have alluded to. Doing so would create rifts within the party and could lead to instability.

So far, China has been quite open to varied interests of other countries — having no loyalty to the West or its liberal ideals. Rather, China appears open to and and all transactions even to countries not necessarily friendly to China. This stand has made the country quite successful on the world stage.

Xi’s anti-corruption campaign is essential to the country's economic success and Chinese interests abroad.

In this regard, geostrategic commitments in Africa, and completion of operations in Afghanistan, will lead to a redesign of Central Asia and an unavoidable strengthening of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Chinese armed forces stand ready to enforce this geopolitical strategy. Xi rightly quoted the Gutian Conference, when Mao Zedong took the leadership of the Fourth Red Army, and recalled the leaders of the People’s Liberation Army who said "the party commands the gun."

To ensure his command over his forces and to move against any fractionalization, Xi is eradicating the corrupted elements of the PLA, and is being careful not to depress the troops and tarnish the Chinese Armed Forces’ prestige.

In "The Art of War," Sun Tsu wrote: “And so swift like the wind, Slow like the forest,
Raiding and plundering like fire, Not moving like a mountain, Difficult to know like yin, moving like thunder.” A policy Xi seems to embrace.

Certainly, with his fight against corruption, Xi Jinping, will change the CPC and the Chinese society radically. Considering the typical caution of true leaders, it will be a long process.

After all, Xi Jinping knows all too well that, as Confucius said, "the mind of the superior man is conversant with virtue, the mind of a base man is conversant with gain."
Nevertheless, it is already easy to predict that Xi Jinping will succeed, and this will bring

Communist China to reach an even more prominent status on the world stage when Xi completes this transformation.

Professor Valori is an eminent Italian economist and businessman. He has lectured on international affairs and economics at the world’s leading universities.

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