Anti-Corruption or Anti-Opposition?

Since President Xi Jin Pin took office three years ago, he allegedly launched a massive anti-corruption campaign that sought to shake the rigid core of Chinese politics. The Party has then convicted high-ranking leaders and low-ranking officials alike. The campaign had appealed to so many people as an eventually arriving cause of justice, a step toward improving a long-corrupted bureaucracy and uncovering the treacherous intricacies of politics.Yet the purpose of this campaign is questionable.

Almost every fallen official is charged with abusing executive power or accepting bribery, but sufficient report on the investigated officials is never provided. The investigations take place with astonishing speed and discretion by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection(CCDI)). For example, Wang Baoan, Director of the National Bureau of Statistics, was arrested at a press conference without any foreshadowing. None of those “serious disciplinary violations” have been clarified or revealed to the public, which makes people wonder if this supposedly well-intended campaign is turning into a political hunt. If the campaign is not a comprehensive revelation of the exploitation of the nation’s tax dollars, then it is surely another deception of a political scheme. We cannot eliminate the possibility that anti-corruption is the justification of the targeting of the President’s political opponents.

With government-released cartoons of President Xi and millions of posts about Xi and the First Lady’s harmonious marriage, he built an image of a reliable and likable man. The anti-corruption campaign further struck the public who were long disillusioned at authority. People hoped that he would at least bring some degree of transparency to government affairs. However, it is highly likely that those people will again find themselves deceived by a government whose manipulative intentions are hidden under a glamorous exterior.

Through this Anti-Corruption Campaign, society’s malignant tumor is again revealed. Living in the delusive mist of provincial economic prosperity, the public are more than willingly put the fundamental but deep-rooted problems behind their minds. Partially shaped by the two decades of pursuit of self-interests, the public’s sphere of concern grow increasingly confined to individual well being. Plainly speaking, people don’t bother to fight for the long lost privileges as long as the country’s burgeoning GDP streams down to them. In recent years, upper hands siphon profits out of the alarmingly inflating real estate, while the general people try to pull themselves out of the shaky market.It seems like more people are becoming businessmen and fewer develop sociologist concerns.Chinese people’s political involvement are numbered and almost certainly inspected. They may have to wait years for real anti-corruption because essential measures cannot be taken without changing the very political system of China.

 

Reference:

Lee, John. “Why Xi’s Anti-Corruption Campaign Won’t Work.” Forbes. Forbes. Jan. 29 2016. Web. Mar. 24 2016.

Lin, Leo. “To Purge or Not to Purge: China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign.” The Diplomat. The Diplomat. Feb. 15 2016. Web. Mar. 24 2016.

Keliher, Macabe, and Hsinchao Wuapr. “How to Discipline 90 Million People.” The Atlantic. The Atlantic. Apr. 7 2015. Web. Mar. 24 2016.

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