Uniquely Chinese system underpinned China's success

I disagree with Mr John Pomfret's view that Chinese President Xi Jinping has positioned himself as a defender of Joseph Stalin's legacy (Xi Jinping's quest to revive Stalin's communist ideology; Oct 18).

It is impertinent to say that there was no ideology in China other than money.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) practised socialist ideology with Chinese characteristics to turn China into an economic powerhouse, following its unique cultural tradition, original aspiration and commitment to the people.

Constant policy review, improvement and reform, with an emphasis on Chinese characteristics, underpinned the success of the CCP ideology.

Mr Xi's "Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era" earned him the prestigious title of paramount leader, while the concept became the keynote address in the 19th Congress and enshrined in the CCP's Constitution (Xi Jinping elevated to paramount ruler status; Oct 25).

It is baseless to say that Mr Xi has found new enemies everywhere since his purge of over 1.5 million corrupt officials.

He has stressed that corruption was the root cause that brought the downfall of dynasty after dynasty and China's century of humiliation.

The democratic election system has no place in this 5,000-year-old Chinese civilisation and cohesive race which is loyal to the government.

If China were to adopt the American democratic system, it may end up like the Middle East or Africa, where many small "independent nations" are embroiled in endless political conflicts.

The Chinese culture and values are inherently different from the West's.

The Internet and liberal social networks could pose unnecessary challenges to China's sovereignty, security and national interest.

Despite apparent United States containment, China did not see its former ally as an opponent while it focused on national rejuvenation.

Nuclear China needs formidable forces to protect its overseas interests and defend against potential aggressions.

China will not replicate other political systems nor would it export revolution, topple regimes or interfere with other nations' internal affairs.

Rather, it will focus on achieving a moderately prosperous society and working hard to build a community of humans sharing benefits and world peace.

Paul Chan Poh Hoi

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 26, 2017, with the headline 'Uniquely Chinese system underpinned China's success'. Print Edition | Subscribe