Defense Minister on Tiananmen Incident Shows China’s Self-confidence


Since December 14, 2017, I have quite a few posts on Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era that regards the publication of the thought as China’s declaration of “China can say no”.

Now, Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe’s speech and press conference after the speech during the Shangri La Dialogue proved my description that again. What he said again reflected China’s self confidence in its theory, road, system and culture as described in Xi Jinping’s speech to 19th CCP Congress when he first mentioned Xi Jinping Thought.

Gen. Wei’s hardline attitude on Taiwan and South China Sea issues is China’s persistent one. There should be no surprise at that.

What Gen. Wei said about China’s firm response to US President Trump’s trade war attacks, though unexpected, was not something new as it was but the repetition of what Chinese official media have repeatedly stressed. Of course, if Trump had been aware of the declaration of “China can say no” in Xi Jinping Thought, he would not have believed that he could have easily won his trade war with China.

What was unexpected was Gen. Wei’s reply on the question about Tiananmen Incident. Usually, Chinese officials avoid giving reply. If they do, they avoid giving specific reply but would say that the Chinese authorities have already had its conclusion on the issue.

In its report “China says war with U.S. would be a disaster as tensions mount”, Reuters quote Gen. Wei as saying, “The government was decisive in stopping the turbulence,” and “Due to this, China has enjoyed stability, and if you visit China you can understand that part of history.”

Gen. Wei’s reply shows China’s self-confidence in its way in dealing with the incident.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters’ report, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.reuters.com/article/us-asia-security/chinese-defense-minister-says-war-with-us-would-be-a-disaster-idUSKCN1T300X

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China’s Xi Says No to US Attempt to Impose US Civilization on China


I made clear that Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era is the declaration of “China Can Say No” in my eight posts since December 14, 2017.

Those posts are:

“Xi Jinping Thought, Declaration of ‘China Can Say No’ (1)” dated December 14, 2017;
“Will China’s Growth Cease like Japan Did when It Said It Could Say No?:Xi Jinping Thought, Declaration of ‘China Can Say No’ (2)” dated December 15, 2017;
“China Says No to Western, Advocates Its Own Human Rights Standards: Xi Jinping Thought, Declaration of ‘China Can Say No’ (3)” dated December 16, 2017;
“It’s Time Japan Has to Say No to the US: Xi Jinping Thought, Declaration of ‘China Can Say No’ (4)” dated December 17, 2017;
“Western China Watchers Switch to Platitudes from Doomsday Predictions: Xi Jinping Thought, Declaration of ‘China Can Say No’ (5)” dated December 18, 2017;
“US Media’s Human Rights Report Helps China Spread Fear among Terrorists; Xi Jinping Thought, Declaration of ‘China Can Say No’ (6)” dated December 19, 2017
“Xi Jinping Says No to Internet Liberty, Stressing Cyber Sovereignty; Xi Jinping Thought, Declaration of ‘China Can Say No’ (7)” dated December 20, 2017; and
“China Held World Multi-party Meeting to Say No to Western Democracy; Xi Jinping Thought, Declaration of ‘China Can Say No’ (8)” dated December 21, 2017.

I point in the first of the above posts:

Say no to what?

Say no to Western capitalist ideology while advocates Marxism
Say no to Westernization while advocates socialism with Chinese characteristics;
Say no to multiparty democracy while advocates one-party autocracy;
Say no to Western values while advocates China’s socialist core values;
Say no to Western human rights while advocates Chinese human rights;
Say no to Western press freedom while advocates China’s censorship and control of media; etc.

China’s activities described in the seven posts following the first one clearly indicate the above areas that China says no to, but dull US politicians and officials have not been clear about that until now.

Xi said in his first speech on Xi Jinping Though that China set a new model but he did not want others to follow China’s model, but it was not until late April that US State Department official Kiron Skinner controversially said that China was Washington’s first “great power competitor that is not Caucasian” according to CNN’s report “No civilization is superior, says China’s Xi as US trade war heats up” on May 15, 2019.

As the US remains arrogant and believe that its civilization is superior and wants to impose it on China, Xi has to hold the Conference on Asian Civilizations Dialogue to tell the US directly and clearly other civilizations such as those of Asian nations are by no means inferior to America’s. The US has no justified reasons to force its civilization on other nations by regime changes.

Xi clearly knows that the US has fallen deep in Thucydides trap and wants desperately to stop China’s rise. The US does hope to attack China militarily but knows well it lacks strength to do so. It could but attach China with a trade war, believing it is strong enough to win.

Xi’s speech on civilizations probes deep into the hidden intention of US trade war. He dare to say that so straightforward as he has made full preparations to resist US attack and win the trade war.

Sun Tzu’s teaching: In any war, one shall win with ingenious surprise move while conducting frontal engagement.

Tariff hikes are but frontal engagement. Trump only knows frontal engagement. Other US politicians and generals do not seem better than Trump. I will wait and see what ingenious surprise moves China has. A war is too dull without ingenious surprise move.

The tariff hikes so far in US-China trade war are but skirmishes, the tariff hikes Trump imposes now are real engagements. It is a war in earnest now. Without ingenious surprise moves, there will be no winner.

Article by Chan Kai Yee


China’s Xi Stresses China Can Say No in Marking 40 Years of Reform


Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech at the meeting marking the 40th anniversary of China’s 40 years of reform repeats what he said in his speech to the 19th Congress of Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

However, great emphasis is placed on CCP’s leadership, which obviously means that he says no to the system of Western democracy. As soon as Xi’s speech to the Congress was published, this blogger had a post titled “Xi Jinping Thought, Declaration of ‘China Can Say No’ (1)” on December 14, 2017”, stating:

Say no to what?
Say no to Western capitalist ideology while advocates Marxism;
Say no to Westernization while advocates socialism with Chinese characteristics;
Say no to multiparty democracy while advocates one-party autocracy;
Say no to Western values while advocates China’s socialist core values;
Say no to Western human rights while advocates Chinese human rights;
Say no to Western press freedom while advocates China’s censorship and control of media; etc.

As CCP’s leadership is the most important factor for China’s success in its 40 years of reform and opening-up, the greatest emphasis is laid on CCP’s dominant leadership, i.e. China’s one-party system.

To refute US Vice President Pence’s hint in his October 4 speech that the US has been teaching China in conducting its reform and development and establishing American-style democracy, Xi says:

In promoting reform and development in such a large country with 5,000-year history of civilization and 1.3 billion population as China, there are no golden laws or precious rules to follow nor any teacher master able to boss Chinese people around.

In his speech Pence tries to make people believe that the US has made major contributions to China’s successes. He even boasted that over the past 25 years, the US has rebuilt China.

Xi simply retorted Pence by saying:

The achievements in the past 40 years are not dropped from heaven, even less alms bestowed by others, but have been obtained by the diligence, wisdom and courage of the whole party and all the people of various nationalities in our country.

Xi not only says no to Western democracy by generally stressing the merits of China’s one-party system but also specifically says no to Pence without naming him,

Article by Chan Kai Yee.


One More Example of China Can Say No in Xi Jinping Thought


In respond to what a UN human rights panel said on August 10 that the panel had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uighurs in China were held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy” (see Reuters report “U.N. says it has credible reports that China holds million Uighurs in secret camps” ), Reuters says in its report “China has prevented ‘great tragedy’ in Xinjiang, state-run paper says”, “In joint editorials in its Chinese and English versions, the widely-read Global Times tabloid said criticism of the rights record in Xinjiang was aimed at stirring trouble there and destroying hard-earned stability.”

The state-run paper says, “Peace and stability must come above all else. With this as the goal, all measures can be tried. We must hold onto our belief that keeping turmoil away from Xinjiang is the greatest human right.”

The clear massage given by the editorials is that China says no to Western human rights and upholds its own “belief that keeping turmoil away from Xinjiang is the greatest human right”.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters’ reports, full text of which can be viewed aaa at https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights-un/china-has-prevented-great-tragedy-in-xinjiang-state-run-paper-says-idUSKBN1KY01B and https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights-un/u-n-says-it-has-credible-reports-that-china-holds-million-uighurs-in-secret-camps-idUSKBN1KV1SU.


China Xi Jinping emphasizes the importance of the Communist Manifesto


Jeremy Goldkorn April 24

If you thought Communism was dead, Xi Jinping would like to remind you that it is very important to study the Communist Manifesto. Xinhua News Agency conveys Xi’s thoughts:

The purpose of reviewing the Communist Manifesto is to understand and grasp the power of the truth of Marxism and write a new chapter of socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era, Xi said Monday when presiding over a group study session of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee…

…The ability of the whole Party to solve the practical problems of contemporary China with the basic principles of Marxism should be enhanced… More efforts should be made to develop Marxism in the 21st century and in contemporary China, and write a new chapter of adapting Marxism to the Chinese context, Xi said.

Versions of the same piece were lead items on all central state media. Xinhua’s Chinese website headlined the piece “Xi Jinping: Deeply understand and master the power of Marxist truth (习近平:深刻感悟和把握马克思主义真理力量 xí jìnpíng: shēnkè gǎnwù hé bǎwò mǎkèsī zhǔyì zhēnlǐ lìliàng).

One comment from New York Times reporter Chris Buckley, via tweet:

Xi convenes Politburo to celebrate the “Communist Manifesto,” 170 years after its first publication. But what is Xi’s communism? One clue is that his published comments do not once mention “proletariat,” “workers,” “class,” “capitalism,” or “bourgeoisie.”
Another view from respected China-watcher Bill Bishop’s newsletter today (paywall):

It matters little whether we foreigners think this talk of Marx and Communist is all just BS, and does not matter much more if most PRC citizens have tuned out. What matters is whether or not Xi believes it. For a long time I have thought he did and have only become more convinced of that over the last couple of years.

Yes, doubling down on Marxism is a means to an end for the Party, but that does not also mean that Xi himself is not an ardent Marxist whose fervor is only increasing as he sees a world evolving and fracturing in ways that would stir the loins of any sentient Chinese Marxist historical materialist.

Source: SubChina “Xi Jinping emphasizes the importance of the Communist Manifesto”

Note: This is SubChina’s report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.


US Isolated at UN Rights Forum, Surprisingly Too Soon


Reuters wails about the humiliating voting outcome the US suffered at UN rights forum in its report “U.S. and China clash at U.N. rights forum on Beijing text” yesterday.

I have just said that the US is pursuing isolation while China is pursuing economic expansion in my post minutes ago, but I am really surprised that the US is isolated soo soon at UN rights forum.

When I said that China’s Xi Jinping Though meant China can say no, I did not expect China’s no is accepted in the world so soon.

US delegation also did no know that. It opposed the resolution brought by Beijing and wanted a vote to reject it, but only get a humiliating defeat in the vote. It is so humiliating that the US was the only one voting against the resolution while China had a majority of 28 out of 47. All US allies who should have voted against the resolution along with the US abstained.

The voting outcome showed how popular China is and how isolated the US is.

However, the US still claims that it is world leader!

Obviously China is the leader at the forum. I am not happy with that. I do not want China to be world leader as I believe China is not strong enough to be that.

However, I cannot oppose the outcome of the voting as development and trade to lift nations out of poverty and improve people’s living standards will benefit lots of people while the human right upheld by the US will only benefit a very small number of dissidents who tried to use their abstract ideal of democracy to oppose the Chinese Communist Party’s authority that has benefited the overwhelming majority of Chinese people.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters’ report, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights-un-usa/u-s-and-china-clash-at-u-n-rights-forum-on-beijing-text-idUSKBN1GZ1D0.


Major Contents of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics


First, its basic economic system: Public ownership plays a dominant role and different economic sectors (i.e. various private sectors) develop side by side.

As lots of China’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) or their major parts have been turned into listed share companies with the State as their controlling shareholder, there is capitalist factor in China’s public ownership in those listed companies as lots of shares are held by private investors.

Xi Jinping’s further reform to put an end to SOE’s monopoly and encourage private enterprises to invest in and compete with SOEs will improve SOE’s efficiency but will also reduce SOEs’ dominance in China’s economy.

However, SOEs provide the State with lots of stable revenue to fund the State’s national defense and medical, pension and other welfare for all Chinese people, which is the true meaning of China’s socialism. Therefore, CCP has repeatedly vowed that it would never privatize its public sector. Then Xi’s socialism with Chinese characteristics will remain a mixture of socialism and capitalism.

Second, the system of distribution in China’s socialism with Chinese characteristics: Distribution according to work is dominant and a variety of modes of distribution coexist.

The system encourages some areas and some people to become rich first and will gradually eliminate poverty, achieve common prosperity, continuously meet the people’s ever-growing material and cultural needs on the basis of the growth of production and social wealth and promote people’s all-round development.

Xi’s policy is to encourage people to give play their talents. The best incentive is wealth so that he is in fact encouraging them to become rich. Due to the great difference in people’s ability, talented people become much richer than common people. That is what it means to encourage some people to become rich first. However, most people lack the talents or ability to become rich. As a result, large disparity of income is unavoidable. If the State seeks equality in income, it will not be able to give play to people’s talents. China will return to Mao’s equalitarian socialism of common poverty.

What shall Xi do?

As soon as Xi took office, he began a campaign of austerity to put an end to the pursuit of luxury and pomp among officials, which also has had great impact among China’s wealthy businessmen. Such a campaign aims first of all at fighting corruption. However, Xi also has the idea that people are encouraged to give play to their abilities to make money, become rich and enjoy their wealth but shall not flaunt their wealth. By so doing he allows the disparity of earning to encourage people to give play to their talents but avoid the jealousy that may be given rise by such disparity.

Under such circumstances, Xi has no  Western democracies’s concerns about the disparity of wealth in China as long as CCP is able to impose high centralism so that big moneys will not become strong vested interests that can use their financial strength to control China’s politics.

In fact, having experienced the Cultural Revolution, most Chinese capitalists know they shall avoid rousing less wealthy people’s jealousy so that there will not be a repetition of class struggle or Cultural Revolution.

Third, development is the top priority of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

When Deng Xiaoping, Zhao Ziyang and other reformists began China’s pursuit of socialism with Chinese characteristics, they only wanted to allow the development of capitalism in order to make China rich and strong. As China has no model to follow, Deng Xiaoping invented the approach of “wading the stream by feeling the way”.

By the time when Xi put forth Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, China has developed a complete theory based on Marxism on socialism with Chinese characteristics. It is no longer wading the stream by feeling the way.

The essential content of the theory is about China’s principal contradiction. Marx advocated proletariat revolution based on his theory that the principal contradiction of capitalism is that production is carried out for the public but the means of production are owned privately. Marx held that to resolve that contradiction, a revolution shall be carried out for the state to take over capitalists’ means of production and thus substitute public ownership for private ownership.

Now, according to Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese characteristics on a New Era, China’s principal contradiction is the contradiction between unbalanced and inadequate development and the people’s ever-growing needs for a better life. Development is the only way to resolve that contradiction.

Note: The above is what I have summed up from CCP’s new constitution and Xi Jinping’s report to the 19th Congress. There are lots of other contents but I believe the above three are the most essential.

Article by Chan Kai Yee