CPC still bars business people from party

Henry C.K. Liu hliu at SPAMmindspring.com
Wed Mar 7 15:03:29 MST 2001

Good decision!

Henry C.K. Liu

Macdonald Stainsby wrote:

> South China Morning Post.
> Wednesday, March 7, 2001
> Businessmen still barred from party
> DANIEL KWAN in Beijing
> Business people cannot join the Communist Party although it is commonly
> recognised that they have become key contributors to the economy, a top
> party theorist confirmed yesterday.
> Xing Bensi, an NPC delegate and a scholar at the Communist Party School,
> said the Organisation Department of the ruling party had decided it was
> still not possible to admit businessmen to the party.
> "This [membership for businessmen] has now become an issue," Mr Xing said.
> "Since the Communist Party is a party of the proletariat or the labouring
> class, the Organisation Department has decided it is not permissible to
> admit private businessmen."
> He said although business people could not become party members, they could
> take part in political activities through the NPC and the Chinese People's
> Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
> "This is not discrimination against private businessmen," Mr Xing said.
> He said amendment of the party's charter to admit private businessmen had
> not yet come under consideration.
> Businessmen have become a fast-growing economic force in China.
> On Sunday, President Jiang Zemin took part in a discussion meeting with
> delegates of the CPPCC - the top political advisory body - and praised the
> contribution of entrepreneurs.
> "Business people active in the non-state-owned sector should be supported,
> encouraged, helped, guided and educated so that they will combine their
> personal goals with national interests," the President, who is also the
> party General Secretary, said.
> There is no official estimate on the number of businessmen in China, but
> economists believe that together with foreign business representatives,
> private companies in China now account for about half of the country's
> output.
> In some provinces such as Zhejiang and Guangdong, the percentage may even be
> higher.
> Along with the rise of the private sector, the sharp decline in the social
> status of workers has become a widespread social phenomenon in China.
> Workers laid off from state-owned enterprises often have to rely on help
> from family members, relatives and friends to survive.
> Mr Xing acknowledged that many workers had "bad feelings" about their bleak
> future.
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