Xi’s China

Hello world,
Xi Jinping is People’s Republic of China’s three in one, head of the state, chief of Communist Party and supreme commander of PLA-People’s Liberation Army. He is the most powerful man in the world. His worries are in proportion to his posts.He is feared the most equally by his non-cadre people and cadres.He is supposed to be non corrupt.China watchers doubt this supposition and proposition.The way he reached the tip of pyramid he has ceased to be one among equals. The rare phenomenon in recent past of China.
What are his weaknesses that make him worrisome?
The exposure to the world ,though very limited and restricted,has awakened his people,hitherto known as a sleeping Dragon. The Internet is the villain for him. The more he shackles the more it offshoots! Now people are not content with only secured job, shelter, clothes and food. They want FREEDOM ,the word dreaded the most in China.
Freedom from what?
His predecessors want freedom from him ! They have realized that it is not the rule of the party ,but, it is the rule of one person! They ask, who is better ? North Korea’s Kim Jong-un or China’s Xi Jinping ? What is the ultimate fate of the party and country ?
The people see the life style of their leaders, party functionaries, government bureaucrats,judges and military officers. They wonder and question the source of their lavishness and opulence .The simple answer is CORRUPTION and BLACK MONEY that unite to make the Chinese People restive.
Xi Jinping has sensed and felt the heat. He initiated radical changes. He might not have thought about but the establishment which enjoyed the fruits of revolutionary opening to the world does not want to change. They pin point to the wealth of Xi Jinping and his family with a select coterie of friends and relatives.
The question is : who is first? The hen or the egg? Where to start from? The tip of pyramid or the base of pyramid ? As per my rough calculation at least 8 to 10 % of population of China has benefitted. There is a huge gap between haves and have-nots. The haves do not want to be questioned. The turmoil and divide are aggravated by Freedom Lovers. They ask ,’who will judge whom and who will punish whom?’
Xi Jinping is running time. He is in haste. But his agenda and performance do not match his professed time-table. He is a rabbit having a turtle as his rider. Rabbit and Turtle combined in one to make Rabbitle. Though the comparison is a bit absurd but to my mind it provides a ready flash.Do you remember Sphinx? *3
At the end of Tang Dynasty ,China disintegrated, which was again united during 1260-1271 under Yuan Dynasty started by Kublai Khan (born 1215—died 1294),grand son of Genghis Khan, with his capital at Dadu which is known today as Beijing. These Mongol rulers allowed freedom of faith/religion as they were themselves free from such obsessions. They insisted on meritocracy. The Mongol/Yuan Empire is thus the landmark for all successive rulers till to-date. Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek ruled China from 1928-1949 for 22 years.He lost the Civil War 1946-1949 against CCP-Communist Party of China led by Chairman Mao Tse-tung (Mao Zedong). Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek fled to the island of Formosa (today’s Taiwan) and ruled mercilessly till his death in 1975,for 30 years. So the real progress in democracy started in Taiwan after 1975. China came under the authoritarian rule of Communist Party so whatever is China today is the net result of rule for, by and of CCP. Whatever Chairman Mao promised to peasants during 1946-1949 evaporated and they are still under the tyrannical rule. The basic freedoms they enjoyed under Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek were lost and they paid heavily to get freedom from hunger and want.
China under Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek was indirectly involved in World War II in the sense the armies were engaged in defence or combat against Russia and Japan. The end of World War II brought disaster for Chinese people in the sense they lost important territories and got Communist Rule in place of dictatorship of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. The truce was at the behest of victorious Allied forces led by USA. USA lost control or role in mainland China which ultimately resulted into USA’s protection to Taiwan. It was/is difficult for both China and USA to forget losses and gains.
China’s territorial ambitions are to be understood in this perspective. The USA reentered the Chinese theatre during President Nixon’s era (1969 – 1974).It is a sheer coincidence or a calculated move but renewal of American interest in China coincided with Formosa’s dictator.Since then after 39 years China has become USA’s creditor. Gradually China has come at/to a point where USA is likely to lose economic hegemony over Asia, South East Asia and Asia-Pacific Region. APEC is a flashpoint for all.
Thus China is a Rabittle Paradox. On international front it has become a power to reckon with only to be dwarfed by The Dragon made of Chinese People deprived of all basic Freedoms. For world China’s Rabbitle is The Dragon. For Xi Jinping his people are The Dragon. To simplify six-weeks’ long conflict due to Hong Kong (Umbrella) Protests, it is The Rabbitle + The Dragon versus The Lion holding Umbrella.
Meanwhile Xi Jinping scored a very minute but important point with Japan. For summit of Japan’s Prime Minister Abe he insisted on Japan’s concurrence on agreeing to negotiability of Senkaku Islands. Japan made a tactical blunder which is likely to lead to armed conflict between the two. India made such tactical blunders with China and Pakistan for which India is paying very highly.
Let us examine Dragon’s Dilemma.
Tibet is integrated perforce by Indian acquiescence. Pakistan surrendered hitherto Indian territories of Gilgit, Hunza, Akshai Chin and a part of Ladakh to China. For all practical purposes they are now non-cartographic Chinese territories. So when Deng Xiao Ping agreed for ‘one country, two systems’ it was considered a wise step by all. At least the British Government could avoid armed conflict either with China or with people of Hong Kong. “Today Hong Kong, Tomorrow Taiwan” was not a hidden agenda. Taiwan’s leader Ma visualized peaceful integration of his island country with mainland China. The difference between Taiwan and Hong Kong is evident. There is full Freedom in Taiwan and limited or say guided freedom in Hong Kong. Now Hong Kong is a litmus test for people of Taiwan and China. If China makes haste and crushes Hong Kong youth, pro-Beijing elements in Taiwan including Leader Ma lose the ground for unification. China eventually lose the supporters in the island. If China delays retaliation and waits for Hong Kong youth to come round, the pro democracy elements get a signal to intensify or fortify their agitation.
The off shoot of the Hong Kong protests is proposed changes in Chinese Communist party’s hegemony over Chinese judiciary. During 1950-2014 China had judiciary made by, for and of leaders of the party from grass root to top level. To be frank there was no judiciary comparable to any western country. It is just a barbarian façade.
China is poised in a dilemma. Any sluggishness will jeopardize its territorial claims vis a vis Indian territories like Arunachal,Ladakh,Leh, part of lands along with McMohan Line, and possibility of political weakness over disputes regarding border zones with Russia, age old standoff with Japan and recent claims for Vietnam’s oil fields in South China waters .
Reference :
*1.China’s Imperial President
Xi Jinping Tightens His Grip 
 By Elizabeth C. Economy :Foreign Affairs : November-December 2014
*2. A Publication of the MacMillan Center :
Who Is Chinese? Voices in Hong Kong and Taiwan Reveal Deep Cultural Divide
For China, sovereignty and party loyalty trump democratic demands raised by Hong Kong and practiced by Taiwan
Victor Louzon
YaleGlobal, 6 November 2014
*3.Sphinx: winged monster of Thebes, having a woman’s head and a lion’s body. It propounded a riddle about the three ages of man, killing those who failed to solve it, until Oedipus was successful, whereupon the Sphinx committed suicide.
The Meaning of the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt
Whatever else it might be, the Great Sphinx is certainly not the keeper of long lost knowledge, or ancient technologies, as has been popularly reported over the years.
sphinx – definition of sphinx by The Free Dictionary
sphinx (sf ngks) n. pl. sphinx·es or sphin·ges (sf n j z) 1. Mythology A figure in Egyptian myth having the body of a lion and the head of a man, ram, or hawk.

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One Response to “Xi’s China”

  1. Sithanthi Alfred Says:

    The article throws light on the games that China is playing with its own subsidiaries like Honk Kong and Taiwan and a subtly aggressive game plan to acquire lost and new territories bordering India as well.As you say Xi is diverting his people’s attention from his own corruption and incompetency by focusing on territorial acquisition plans but is caught in a catch 22 situation because of the Honk Kong uprising and its impact on Taiwan.Is territorial aggression a good thing in the 21st century or is it a ploy to divert people from real domestic issues by leaders of countries in the South east Asia?How is this affecting the economy in China?Are people wanting real change this time?But India has a lot to learn from China because it has not made effort to distribute opportunities equally among people.

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