Wen Jiabao rejects ‘Jasmine’-type revolt in China
For the most part, this ‘Jasmine’ revolt has been a creation of the west and perpetuated by western media narrative. Like the so-called ‘Green Revolution’ in Iran after the not-so-disputed election in 2009, western media coverage and journalists flocking to cover the next big uprising had the effect of inducing people to action and giving an extremely skewed depiction of events. In this way, the actions of a relatively few dissenters that fit the west’s narrative are broadcast around the world as the voice of the silenced majority.
It is important to understand that not all of these uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa are the same. They need to be viewed within the unique context and histories of each individual country. Where most are an oppressed majority seeking to wrest control from a minority in power (Egypt, Bahrain, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Yemen) in others, it is a defiant minority that is attempting to wrest control from a majority-serving authority (Iran, Libya, China).
Saibal Dasgupta, TNN, March 14, 2011
BEIJING: Chinese premier Wen Jiabao has scoffed at attempts to draw analogy between political upheavals in some North African countries like Libya and China. No such political movement is likely in China because people are aware of the massive development strides it has taken in past three decades, he said.
“We have followed closely the turbulence in some parts of western Asia and Africa. It is not right to draw an analogy between china and those countries,” the premier said on the conclusion of the annual session of the National People’s Congress, the Chinese parliament.
The Communist Party of China has been extremely worried about online calls for “Jasmine revolution” protests although they have not produced any demonstrations in the past three weeks. A large number of people have been detained, and controls over the Internet media has been further tightened…
…Presenting his work report to the NPC, Wu said, “If we waver, not only will there be no socialist modernization to speak of, but the achievements gained thus far in the development will also be lost, and it is possible that the state could sink into the abyss of internal disorder.”
At Monday’s press conference, Wen said the “essence of democracy” was ensuring social justice, pursuing economic and political restructuring and giving full play to independent thinking and creativity.
He sought to address three major areas of heart burning among the people, which are inflation, income disparities and corruption. He promised to strengthen the drive against corruption, and warned provincial politicians that their performance will be severely scrutinized.
“Inflation is like a tiger, once it is set free it is very difficult to put it back in its cage,” the premier said. “Rising consumer and housing prices affect the immediate interests of the people and that is why the government has given top priority to curbing inflation.”