How grassroots practice enriches Chinese governance

BEIJING, July 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — An ancient Chinese saying goes, “True knowledge comes only from practice in the field.” As a grassroots political leader, Chinese President Xi Jinping has practiced his people-centered governance with improved effectiveness over decades of working at the grassroots level.

In the early 1990s, economic exchanges across the Taiwan Strait were gradually restored as the policy of reform and opening-up deepened more and more across the country. With its huge market potential, mainland China has quickly attracted considerable interest from entrepreneurs based in the Taiwan Region. And Fuzhouthe capital of the southeast China Fujian Provinceonly 200 km from the island, has quickly become the second destination for investment by Taiwan.

Unfortunately, investors’ enthusiasm soon cooled when faced with the cumbersome administrative process. In 1990, Xi became the Communist Party Secretary of China (CPC) Fuzhou Municipal Committee. After carefully considering the situation, he proposed adopting a new approach called “Do It Now”, which aimed to reduce bureaucracy.

The liberated approach from Fuzhou potential. From 1990 to 1995, the city’s GDP soared to more than 40 billion yuanless than 10 billion yuanfar exceeding the national average growth rate. Fuzhou was soon recognized as a city on the rise.

“Right now, we are facing many problems for which there is no shortage of appropriate solutions,” Xi said at the time. “What is needed is the will to get things done. That is why I insist on action, which is essential to the implementation of our theories, guidelines and policies. effective work is the key to success.”

Twenty years later, the Fuzhou The government remains committed to the “Do It Now” policy.

Another hallmark of Xi’s governing style is his determination to root out corruption, regardless of the status of the perpetrators. Since 1988 in Ningde, Fujian ProvinceXi has led a successful campaign to end illegal land occupation.

Xi was the party chief of the CPC prefectural committee in Ningde from 1988 to 1990, the committee’s youngest member.

Shortly after taking office, Xi spent a month visiting villages, businesses, schools and government departments conducting surveys. People told him that some officials were illegally using public land to build their own houses. He was determined to end the illegal occupation of land. He led a team on the early stages of an anti-corruption campaign in Ningde.

When Xi asked a disciplinary committee official if he thought ordinary people were happy with the situation, the official replied in the negative. Xi then asked the manager if he thought the situation was hurting people’s productivity, to which the manager replied in the affirmative.

“Then I asked whether we should antagonize about three million people or thousands of officials who violated Party discipline,” Xi revealed in a 2003 interview.

“He said, ‘Of course, we’d rather offend the two or three thousand officials. I replied, “We will do it and we will strive for it without looking back.”


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