Weeks before the 17th Party Congress, the crackdown on online forums, blogs and other forms of interactive communication platforms was in full swing. Now that the Party Congress is in session, all the main official and commercial sites are putting the news and photos of the Congress in the top position with a special gold-red color scheme, and focusing on other positive news for the country (See, for example: Shanghai Stocks Breach 6000 Mark and China’s 1st Moon Orbiter is about to be launched.)
In the midst of this celebratory cybersphere, a netizen named Little Fire Dragon (Â∞èÁÅ´Èæô) published a post called “Mr. General Secretary, Please come to the Strong China Forum to share your thoughts with netizens.” (Hu Jintao is the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party.) The post was visited more than two hundred thousand times, and became most popular thread in the People’s Daily’s Strong China Forum. Here is one of those comments in this thread, posted by a netizen with penname Woxinzhaoxiang (ÊàëÂøÉÊúùÁøî), translated by CDT:
If General Secretary Hu does come, I have two questions that I would like to ask him, though I am not sure I will have the honor to be answered. My questions are as follows:
First, the relationship between the Chinese people and the Chinese Communist Party. I think without the Chinese people there will be no Party. As Chairman Mao once said, “Water can run without fish, but fish can not swim without water; water is the Chinese people, and fish is the Chinese Communist Party. ” The Chinese Communist Party was born for the interests of Chinese people, as well as to safeguard the people’s interests for survival, development and advancement. So when there is a conflict of interest between the people and the Party, the people’s interest should override the Party’s interests, right?
Second, Chairman Mao once said, democracy, and only democracy, is the way to get out of the cycle of rising and falling dynasties. The Chinese Communist Party has repeatedly pledged to strengthen the building of socialist democracy and rule of law. In my humble opinion, everything needs a good plan in order to be well executed. For example, we have developed a “three-step strategy” for China’s economy. We also need strategic planning for the building of democracy and rule of law. When will this plan be introduced? [Full Text in Chinese]