I just love my Twitter feed.
This is a lengthy article which takes an excruciatingly long time to get to the point, so I will cut to the chase.
- Grave Problem 1 No breakthroughs in economic restructuring and constructing a consumer-driven economy
- Grave Problem 2 Failure to nurture and grow a middle class
- Grave Problem 3 The rural-urban gap has increased
- Grave Problem 4 Population policy lags behind reality
- Grave Problem 5 The bureaucratization and profit-incentivisation of educational and scientific research institutions shows no indication of being ameliorated and it continues to stifle creativity.
- Grave Problem 6 Environmental pollution continues to worsen
- Grave Problem 7 The government has failed to establish a stable energy supply system China’s current development model can only be sustained by large amounts of energy.
- Grave Problem 8 Moral lapses and the collapse of ideology. The government has failed to build an effective and convincing value system that can be accepted by the majority of its people
- Grave Problem 9 ‘Firefighting’ and ‘stability-maintenance’ style diplomacy lacks vision, strategic thinking and specific measures
- Grave Problem 10 Insufficient efforts in pushing political reform and promoting democracy
Not to put to fina a point on it, when I compare this list of priorities in China with what has come to pass for a political progress in America it makes me want to look away and pretend I never saw it. That one-party totalitarian nation, which sets the global gold standard for bribery, corruption and political malfeasance, is able to articulate the challenges they face more clearly than most of what passes for leadership in the Good Old U.S.A. I, along with most readers, could write a paragraph or two for every one of these Grave Problems sketching an American equivalent. And we could do it quickly, without notes.
This message just begs to be included...
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