By China Media Project China’s political culture and media system often employ such exaggerated and overwrought language that it is difficult for the rest of the world to tell the difference between hype and real initiative, between expanded language and expanded ambition. But it is clear the official discourse in March drew a clear line between Xi Jinping as the head of state chosen by the people of China, and Xi Jinping as the global leader offering new promise for human civilization. At its base, this was about Xi’s legitimacy as the core leader of the CCP. As Xi was quoted as saying in a People’s Daily piece on March 24 that lavished praise on the Party as having the world’s best interests at heart: “The Communist Party of China is the party that works for the happiness of the Chinese people and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, as well as the party that works for the progress of mankind and the commonwealth of the world.”
I enjoyed reading the article. Thank you so much for the in depth comment.
It’s interesting really, that one thing both authoritarian and non-authoritarian societies have in common is how they ‘manufacture compliance’ among their citizens. To us, the Chinese approach is almost theatrical, with a hint of melodrama, like some sort of Gilbert and Sullivan popular musical, whilst our attempts at manufacturing compliance, or consent, is - on the surface anyway - much more sophisticated. Of course directed toward keeping the populace in line and motivated, yet two systems have much more in common than one might initially think.
Thank you again.