Sexta-feira, 19 de Outubro de 2007

Democracy with Chinese characteristics

Na China Economic Review, ontem

Democracy, but only within the party


While we wait breathlessly for the new leadership lineup next Monday, at the close of the twice-a-decade Party Congress, we'll just have to content ourselves with these morsels about the CPC's burgeoning "intraparty democracy." Say what? President (and party boss) Hu Jintao said in his key speech to the Congress that the party is working to "expand intraparty democracy to develop the people's democracy." Xinhua noted that Hu uttered "democracy" more than 60 times during that speech (which, by some accounts, was a 2.5-hour test of attendees' stamina). Then, the party's HR chief, who vets promotions and appointments, said "Democracy within the party is the lifeline of the party," but also added, "Likewise, unity is also the lifeline of the party." Huh? The markets, meanwhile, paid no attention to this game of ideological tongue-twisters. The Shanghai Composite broke through the 6,000-point ceiling on October 16, setting a new record. Making money trumps politics, for now, it seems.


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