PRESIDENT Hu Jintao has warned China’s incoming leaders that corruption threatens the future of the Communist Party and the state, but said the party must stay in charge as it battles growing social unrest.
In an address to more than 2000 delegates before he hands over power, Mr Hu acknowledged anger over corruption and issues like environmental degradation had undermined support and led to surging numbers of protests.
He promised political reform but ruled out copying Western-style democracy, and stressed the need to strengthen the armed forces and protect sea territory amid disputes with Japan and south-east Asian nations.
On corruption, Mr Hu said: “If we fail to handle this issue well, it could prove fatal to the party, and even cause the collapse of the party and the fall of the state.”
But I thought we were told that once we gave into the statists, collectivists and Marxists that all our problems would be over…aren’t the evil corporations, religion and capitalism the genesis of all corruption? How is it possible that a communist worker’s paradise that has existed since 1949, one praised by so many New York Times columnists, has these problems?
It’s a feature, not a bug.