FT: Netizen Thoughts on 18th Party Congress

The following is excerpted from the November 7 Financial Times Chinese article “An Inventory of the Popular Will ahead of the ‘18 Big’” (“十八大”前的一份民意清单), written by Editor-in-Chief Zhang Lifen.
FT Chinese’s Zhang Lifen asks the Weibo public what they would like to ask the Party Congress representatives.
The Chinese Communist Party 18th Party Congress begins tomorrow. Today (Wednesday) at 4:30 p.m. I will attend an “18 Big” news conference for Chinese and foreign journalists in the Golden Hall at the Great Hall of the People. Yesterday evening, I posted a weibo soliciting questions from Chinese people from all walks of life. I received nearly 600 replies, touching on all kinds of issues regarding political and economic reform during China’s social transformation, national welfare and the livelihood of the people, which may serve as a reference of Chinese popular will before the congress of the ruling party. Below are a selection of the questions posed by the public. OldmanNotUseless: This old fellow has a question: How much are the annual membership fees paid by the 80-million-plus Party members nationwide? Could the total income and expenditure be made public during the congress? 老夫尚未朽:老夫有一问题:全国八千多万党员每年度共缴纳多少党费?总计收入与支出可否在会期公布? VastUniverseWorld: Disclose officials’ personal finances, round up criminals and the corrupt and start a democratic system! The whole country wants just these three things! 苍茫天地人间: 官员公开财产,围捕贪腐罪犯,进入民主制度!全国人民就这三条! ForeignFriendV: When will we have multi-party elections for the Politburo Standing Committee and president? At least catch up with Vietnam. 外国友人V:政治局常委和总书记何时能实现差额选举,最起码赶上越南的水平。 ShenzhenHugang: One question: How do eliminate corruption in a one-party system? 深圳胡纲:问一个,如何在一党制下消除腐败? LiAn_NaDu: Can we not get domestic news from foreign media? 李安_纳度:能不能不从外媒得知国内新闻? Llqrjl: I have an academic question: How do you learn to bullshit without blushing? 黄金镖:我问个学术性的,说瞎话不脸红是怎么锻炼出来的? Chengqingui: When will we change parties? When will we have a referendum? 啸傲昨天:什么时候换党,什么时候全民公投啊。 Lanfenglin: My question is what the peasants should do whose life ...
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One Response to FT: Netizen Thoughts on 18th Party Congress

  1. Will says:

    The netizens’ comments are so much more germane and interesting than the tedious, lengthy, and stale-sounding Party leader speeches at the conference.