Competition between Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, Western DemocracyPosted: August 19, 2019 | |
At Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Congress, Xi Jinping put forth his Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. In his report to the Congress, he stressed that China now has road self-confidence, theory self-confidence, system self-confidence and culture self-confidence (four self-confidences) and put forth Chinese model as an alternative to Western democracy.
Therefore, analysts believe current US trade and tech wars, provocations at the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait and attacks at China’s Belt and Road initiative are in fact a war between two ideologies.
Since China has the four self-confidences why does China not let Hong Kong have Western democracy to compete with socialism with Chinese characteristics?
China indeed has advantages in competing with Western democracy in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong now is a split city like the US where there are messy politics that have caused the president unable to do what he wants due to obstacles from Congress and courts.
Previously I said in my posts that Xi is a person of quick decision and quick action.
True enough, he now sets Shenzhen as a pioneer demonstration zone for the construction of socialism with Chinese characteristics.
I believe that Xi is wise to see that Hong Kong people’s pursuit of Western democracy cannot be suppressed even by force. Then it is better to let them have Western democracy to compete with socialism with Chinese characteristics in its close neighbor Shenzhen.
SCMP says in its editorial “Shenzhen experiment could shape China’s future growth”, “Shenzhen recently announced tax incentives to attract talent in hi-tech industries, offering a rate lower than Hong Kong. Innovative ideas for growth could include focusing on fintech, legal reforms and easing up on restrictions on the free flow of capital and information, all of which would cut into Hong Kong’s advantages.”
In addition, a chief executive elected by universal suffrage like US president may be hindered by the legislative council. Those who oppose universal suffrage may conduct non-cooperation activities to block train and road traffic and cause commercial areas to close
Moreover, Shenzhen has abundant financial and other supports from the Central government but Hong Kong has none. Its people will be fully cooperative with the government to ensure the success of socialism with Chinese characteristics as they have the above-mentioned four self-confidneces.
If so, Hong Kong will certainly lose in the competition.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s editorial, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.scmp.com/comment/opinion/article/3023307/shenzhen-experiment-could-shape-chinas-future-growth.