The Chinese government is apparently taking a bit different stance these days on some of the issues facing China — and also sluffing their responsibility off onto the local governments:
(Reuters) – The senior Chinese official who helped defuse a standoff with protesting villagers has told officials to get used to citizens who are increasingly assertive about their rights and likened erring local governments to red apples with rotten cores.
Zhu Mingguo, a deputy Communist Party secretary of southern Guangdong province, last week helped broker a compromise between the government and residents of Wukan village. Ten days of protests over confiscated farmland and the death of a protest organizer drew widespread attention as a rebuff to the stability-before-all government.
Speaking to officials about Wukan and other protests, Zhu said these were not isolated flare-ups, the Guangzhou Daily, the official paper of the provincial capital, reported on Tuesday.
“In terms of society, the public’s awareness of democracy, equality and rights is constantly strengthening, and their corresponding demands are growing,” Zhu told a meeting on Monday about preserving social stability, the paper said.
“Public consciousness of rights defense is growing, and the means used to defend rights are increasingly intense,” said Zhu. “Their channels for voicing grievances are diverse, and there is a tendency for conflicts to become more intense.”
It is interesting to certainly hear them recognizing the idea that democracy and the demands for it have increased. Standards go up — naturally, as the people become more used to a certain idea of how they would like to be treated and how they would like to live.
Perhaps this also goes up with the prominence of the internet — the idea of democracy takes root more, when the average person has access to more information and the notion of people in other parts of the nation or abroad having certain guaranteed things.
Regardless… It seems as if they are recognizing that they cannot go back to something else; yet at the same time this is only one man within the government speaking, and who knows how possibly sincere it could be? If there actually will be some sort of progress.
But hearing a Chinese official speak in this manner is exciting.