November 8th, 2013
12:46 AM ET

China’s coming challenges

By Fareed Zakaria

China’s leaders have promised “unprecedented” market-oriented reforms that are “comprehensive,” “economic, social and political.” We will have to wait and watch to see what that means but, for sure, it means no moves toward democracy. It will likely involve administrative changes that make China’s bureaucracy more efficient, effective and honest. Local courts, for example, long dominated by corrupt local politicians, are likely to be streamlined, perhaps with the creation of an American-style federal circuit.

In fact, so far, the country has actually moved in the opposite direction politically, clamping down on the Internet as part of a Maoist campaign against dissent. One participant described this as a strategy that “moves left politically so that you can move right economically.” He said it mirrored Deng’s approach, which is summarized in a joke that he once instructed his driver to turn on the left signal while turning the car to the right.

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  1. j. von hettlingen

    Xi Jinping is under pressure from many levels of the Chinese society to forge radical reforms. If he doesn't, this Third Plenum would be a big disappointment. He is expected to unveil a new economic framework. Hopes are high he will swoop in to remedy some the country's biggest headaches, from pollution, growing wealth gap to soaring property prices.
    In the past, the Third Plenum had served past leaders to announce dramatic changes to the Chinese economy. Deng Xiaoping was the first one to use such a major party meeting in 1978 to announce China's ambition to open itself up to global trade. In 1993 Zhu Rongji endorsed another round of reform, combining private enterprise with strong support for state enterprises. This mixture spurred China to become the world's second-largest economy.
    This year the leadership wants to present a more modern economy, shifting further from a centrally planned system to a dynamic market economy. Yet experts all have differing opinions about how the government would tackle issues like: financial sector liberalisation, state-owned enterprises, "Hukou" household registration system, land reform, local government funding, the environment, energy prices and utilities and innovation. Political reform is nevertheless not on the agenda!

    November 8, 2013 at 10:53 am | Reply
  2. Robert

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    • 6 minutes ago • 0 △0 ▽− +
    DeleteFlag as inappropriate They can blame it on CHINA, which has zero environmental regulations and puts 90 to 95 percent of the world's greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere.

    And by the way, when American companies manufacture things in China, China steals their technology, locks the doors and then steals the company. They are as totalitarian a government as the Soviet Union and Nazis Germany and their goal is to defeat and destroy the United States by stealing our industries by illegal trade practices, granting short-term incentives to companies by offering cheap labor, making slaves of their own people to obtain that cheap labor and then buying trillions of dollars in US debt. They are eating our economy like termites eat a house, and who do you think will be our master once our industries are entirely gone and the house collapses? That's riiiiiight. The USA will be owned by the communist party of China.

    And what are our politicians doings? Both Republicans AND Democrats are doing what is good for THEIR careers. They are ALL ignorign this coming disaster. We need a grass roots effort to require our leaders to deal with China to NO LONGER allow the communist party to set the trade rules, but rather to set the trade rules ourselves. It's almost too late because of the vast debt that China owes. In fact, it may already be too late. The only person I even heard talking about this was Mitt Romney, but Bill Clinton talked about this, George Bush talked about it and Barack Hussein Obama talked about, but not a one has done ANYTHING about it. Something must be done or your children and grandchildren will be working in a Chinese slave labor factory on the outskirts of their American city.

    November 8, 2013 at 11:59 am | Reply
    • Maersk

      The Chinese must have hacked into your azz and stolen your virginity. As a result, your azz is still bleeding. Even though your azz is still bleeding, you still enjoy the moment when your azz was being hacked, am I right, dickkhead?
      Since your azz has been hacked by the Chinee, may I suggest that you start zucking some Chinese kwoks just to keep your kwok zucking mouth full of kum?

      November 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Reply
      • ✠RZ✠

        Maersk, despite your self professed demeanour, I should think that your comment would be better directed at the likes of Monica Lewinsky rather than Robert here, given of course that she was quite literally the receptacle of what you describe from the guy who started all this. But if Bubba, Congress, and the rest to follow, including yourself, could see past the heads in your hands and try using the one on your shoulders instead, it is likely that the course of history would have been different. However, Corporate America doesn't expect you, or the Chinese, or anyone else to understand so long as all of you just keep sucking it up. That's right, as long as everyone keeps swallowing our debt, we'll be pleased to pump it out with a smile. So unless you want to be ripped another one, just keep opening wide.

        November 9, 2013 at 8:52 am |
  3. free china

    Chinese nation in itself should change

    November 9, 2013 at 2:33 am | Reply
  4. Cathy

    Nevertheless the promised non-negative changes, USA and NATO must always consider our National Security first, when dealing with China. No easy, undervalued and naive deals, please.

    November 9, 2013 at 9:33 am | Reply
  5. chrissy

    Thank you @ RZ! Roberts post was quite accurate. And probably the worst act of his Bill Clinton's reign as POTUS when he signed NAFTA into law in 1993! It certainly has backfired from its intended "getting people back to work" for sure! Well unless it was intended to put people back to work in China! If that were the case then yea, its been a booming success!

    November 9, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  6. chrissy

    And @ Maersk, if you need further proof that what @ Robert has said to be correct, research this: Where in the US is there a television manufacturer? I can make it easy on you and give you the answer if you like? Lol. NO WHERE in the US!

    November 9, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Reply
    • ✠RZ✠

      chrissy, don't let the "kwokamamie" slander fool you. Although maersk is always keen on emphasizing a point, his specialty is to evoke racism rather than identify real problems or seek out viable solutions. If we're going to be "as mad as hell and not take it anymore" which is ok in some cases, it has to be aimed at the proper cause. No one can blame the likes of Apple and the rest of corporate America for taking advantage of the likes of China, Malaysia, Korea, Mexico, etc. for cheap manufacturing. And no one can blame anyone for wanting good employment. There is of course plenty wrong and plenty to blame for it. But China is not to blame for America's current problems.

      November 9, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Reply
    • Maersk

      chrissy, if you would start zucking more kowks for less money, I am sure your uncle would let you zuck his kowk and give your kwok zucking mouth a full load of kum too.

      November 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  7. chrissy

    Lol @ RZ, im not blaming China at all! Some things should've been incorporated into NAFTA when it was put in place so that the outsourcing of jobs wasn't as lucrative as it is! And trust me i do know Maersk's true ident ity! He is the same foolio trollio that has numerous id ent itys that torments the TJI blog and has for quite some time! Controversial little bugger for sure! Ive had way more experience with that individual than i care too!

    November 9, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Reply
  8. chrissy

    Oh and as for corporate america taking advantage of cheap manufacturing in those countries you mentioned. Many of them employ child labor as well as work labor camps, and i could be wrong but i just believe when these corporations employ these people they should be taxed, taxed, and taxed some more for that! If something isn't done along those lines they would have no financially good reason to employ any type of manufacturing in the US!

    November 9, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Reply
  9. chrissy

    And it isn't right to the children in those countries! If corporate america wants to exploit children hit em where it hurts! Their bank accounts. Same thing with employing people in slave work camps! Human rights advocacy needs to fine the he!! outta them!

    November 9, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Reply
    • ✠RZ✠

      The cocoa bean kids getting their feet sliced to keep them from running away was one of the worse cases I've ever heard. Can you imagine how terrifying that would be ?

      November 9, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  10. chrissy

    I can't even begin to imagine! And thats precisely what im talking about! Just like i was reading the other day about the slave work camps in China! Its disgusting that these corporations are benefiting from the inhumane treatment of these people! This is the type of thing that needs to be looked into and further regulations put in place to prevent them from profiting from this!

    November 9, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Reply
    • Maersk

      If corporations stick around here in the U.S., wouldn't they be manufacturing kwok zucking BS artists like you? Do you really think your kwok zucking skill is that innovative?

      November 10, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  11. chrissy

    @ Maersk or should i say Jeff Roem, you sure are one disgusting little man! No wonder your girlfriend ran away and both of your wives divorced you! And do you eat with that mouth? YUK!

    November 10, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  12. chrissy

    And in all honesty @ Maersk it sounds as if YOU are the expert in that field! Are you upset because your p i m p dummy replaced you? Its ok theres always somewhere for washedups such as yourself. Im sure you will find it eventually!

    November 10, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Reply

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