CPC still bars business people from party

Mark Munsterhjelm gustav88 at SPAMms13.hinet.net
Wed Mar 7 16:53:21 MST 2001


Hello,

Such memberships denials are little more than window dressing since it doesn't bar
the capitalist class from developing cozy "guanzi" (relationships) with the top
leadership. For example Douglas Hsu Chairman (#187 on the Forbes Billionaries list
in 1999 with assets of US$2.6 billion) of Taiwan's Far Eastern Group has in the
last year or so had meetings with both Jiang Ze Min and the new President of
Taiwan Chen Shui-bian. This while Hsu is a strong supporter of the KMT
(Kuomingtang or Kill Many Taiwanese as a local joke goes here). Whatever
aspirations the CCP has for socialism are little more than cynical rhetoric when
Hsu and other can darken their doors. Unfortunately the CCP seems to be following
in the footsteps of the late Ching Dynasty and KMT by forming relationships with
the Capitalist classes to sustain their power since their popular support is
rapidly eroding among the rural and urban classes. The frequency of uprisings and
rebellions in China are signs of growing popular resentment. Excluding the
business class from the CCP membership doesn't exclude them from the halls of
power.

Best regards,
Mark Munsterhjelm
Sanchung, Taipei
e-mail: gustav88 at ms13.hinet.net

"Henry C.K. Liu" wrote:

> 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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