Senior Chinese Communist Party leaders have been briefing party members about the dangers facing the party in the coming years. Identified in a secret memo as the “seven perils”, the concerns center around Western ideas creeping into Chinese society and the threat they pose to the party’s continued dominance of the country.
Communist Party cadres have filled meeting halls around China to hear a somber, secretive warning issued by senior leaders. Power could escape their grip, they have been told, unless the party eradicates seven subversive currents coursing through Chinese society.
These seven perils were enumerated in a memo, referred to as Document No. 9, that bears the unmistakable imprimatur of Xi Jinping, China’s new top leader. The first was “Western constitutional democracy”; others included promoting “universal values” of human rights, Western-inspired notions of media independence and civic participation, ardently pro-market “neo-liberalism,” and “nihilist” criticisms of the party’s traumatic past.
Remember when globalization and “free trade” with China were sold as a way to liberalize Chinese society while also making a buck? Well, Corporate America made the buck but it seems the CCP has no interest in adopting liberal values.
“Western forces hostile to China and dissidents within the country are still constantly infiltrating the ideological sphere,” says Document No. 9, the number given to it by the central party office that issued it in April. It has not been openly published, but a version was shown to The New York Times and was verified by four sources close to senior officials, including an editor with a party newspaper.
Opponents of one-party rule, it says, “have stirred up trouble about disclosing officials’ assets, using the Internet to fight corruption, media controls and other sensitive topics, to provoke discontent with the party and government.”
Aren’t you happy we shipped off our manufacturing base to these enlightened autocrats?
There has been no liberalization in China, globalization has completely failed in that regard. Chalk up yet another epic fail for Third Way liberals and triangulators – right next to Wall Street deregulation. The “Seven Perils” memo makes it more than obvious that the CCP saw opening up markets merely as a means to enrich themselves and build their influence not as a path to an open society.
So why does China have most favored nation trading status again?