Sometimes there is very fortunate timing with blogging, like yesterday!
Between this and my full term paper for the same class, there are a lot of relatively important things to consider going into the Fourth Plenary Session of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee, to be held between October 20th and 23rd. Looking back at the 3-8-3 plan there are lots of good hints over there about where we can see things going in the Fourth Plenum:
- Nailing down of more reforms necessary to actually allow winding down the Hukou system. This particularly would be in land reform and probably strengthening both local government regulations and pushing a bit on tax reform.
- Continued pursuit of anti-graft and anti-corruption goals and likely some added tools to help cadres keep in line.
- Judiciary overall reform with respects to how trials are held and rulings both reached and upheld is pretty likely, but I know so little about this that setting a range of possible reform steps that are likely and any type of time frame is better done by someone else. I will really appreciate any information coming my way on this issue, so if you have something please feel free to comment and if applicable link!
- If “socialism with Chinese characteristics” is to go further then I suppose that some corporate law reform is due, but guessing what exactly that would mean is a little bit like jumping into a pit of tropical snakes: it’s gonna hurt but you don’t know from which poison.
- Some social security reforms could also be very high up on the agenda to for example provide some sort of added insurance coverage and legal rights to social security for expanded groups of Chinese.
One major question is if Xi Jinping now sees himself as powerful enough to disregard other factions in the CCP, and how hard he will pursue them to push reforms his way and form China like smooth clay on a spinning wheel. Removing over 160 000 government “workers” could very well be a good show of force and building his legitimacy ahead of the CPCCC. I do have to admit though that Xi gets points in my book for disposing of nearly 115 000 government vehicles, but “compensating” politicians and government workers with a 500 to 1300 RMB allowance for gas money or public transport.
I laughed so hard at the mental image of a government worker going from having his whole family “work” at the office with expensive foreign cars to going to work alone on public transport paid for as a cash allowance!