Separation of Government from Party impossible in China

President Xi Jinping (left) and Politiburo Standing Committee member Wang Qishan (right) leave the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in March last year. Photo: AFP

SCMP says in its report “Why is China blurring the line between party and state?”, “The creation of a super graft-busting organisation is raising concerns it could lead the way for further convergence of government and the ruling party”.

Further convergence? Can there be further convergence when Chinese government has already entirely been controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)? CCP first of all firmly controls Chinese government, troops, police, armed police and secret police.

That is the executive. As for Chinese legislature, we all know Chinese parliament the National People’s Congress is but CCP’s rubber stamp.

What about Chinese courts?

As far back as in April 2015, CCP Politburo Standing Committee member Wang Qishan told US well-known political scientist Francis Fukuyama China’s courts will never be independent from CCP.

It seems that lots of people outside China especially some China watchers still believe that China will one day pursue Western democracies. In early 1990s that might be possible, but it is entirely impossible now as CCP Dynasty has been soundly established now. In Chinese history a dynasty usually lasts 2 to 3 centuries and it is usually rising in its first decades. China is rising and CCP has a very wise, popular and powerful core now.

In addition, there are lots of conservatives that worship Mao the autocrat. What I hope is that China will be lucky enough not to repeat Mao’s extreme autocracy. If luckier, China will have firmly established democratic supervision, which will ensure that its grass-level elections will be really democratic as buying votes was quite common before Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be found at


One Comment on “Separation of Government from Party impossible in China”

  1. Steve says:

    True – by definition An Autocracy is a system of govt. in which supreme power is concentrated in the hands of one person, whose decisions, Party in mind (CCP), also making an example of an Autocracy ruled by a Political Party rather than solely one man.

    Unfortunately, Mao was a hardliner communist where people’s education was low and the rule of law can change on the same day. He was a despot. In contrast, when Adolph Hitler was appointed in 1933, Germany was a democracy, had fair elections and there were numerous political parties, etc, but Germany descended and become a dictatorship. Hitler banned the communist and socialist from taking part in an election campaign. Fortunately today, due to political and economic reformation, I don’t believe there will be another despotic ruler as in Mao and Hitler in either country. People are better educated easier to implement the rule of law.

    According to research, former President George Bush Jr. is one of the worst Republican President in US history and Obama is the best Democrat US President since JFK. Between the worst and the best, both are responsible for millions of slaughtered citizens in Iraq, Libya, Syria and millions of displaced refugees in the middle east. When we compare this two nut heads to Chinese Presidents Hu Jintao and Xi Jing ping, China’s Autocracy system produced very wise leaders compared to US hegemonic and genocidal scoundrels, even in today’s modern society. Is it fair to inculcate democratic supervision at grass roots level or to supervise the transparency of rule of law from the upper level to the people.