Slight Signs that Leader Xi could be a reformer


Xi Jingping has been quite busy shortly after he was announced the new Chinese party leader during the 18th Chinese National Congressional meeting. He took a few moves that could be taken as signs what would be coming in his term. The first place that Xi visited outside of Beijing was the southern special district of Shenzhen. The significance of this place is that late leader Deng Xiaoping visited Shenzhen in 1992 on his famous tour of the south, and later went on huge economic reforms that included the opening up to international trade. China, of course, needs economics reforms. With many important businesses under state control, and international clashes between these companies and foreign markets, China has to come up a comprehensive plan to deal with such issues. Also, how much foreign investment would be allowed coming in and what kind of restrictions would be in place for them are still up in the air. If Xi’s visit to Shenzhen is really sending out a message, I think it is so far a positive message, and needs to be followed.

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Chinese new party leader Xi Jingping at the 18th Congress. (Getty Image)

Xi also started a campaign to cut governmental fluff. He urged local governments to cut decorative flowers and wasteful treating meals when top government officials visit their town. Well, this is of course a good call, however, it has been a call for a long time, and the result of which hasnt been great. It is yet to observe how it would pan out this time.


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