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"Grassroots complex" will draw China's leaders closer to public

"Grassroots complex" will draw China's leaders closer to public

By Yuan Yue, Sina English

China's new leaders have something in common-- the "grassroots complex", according to many Chinese language newspapers based outside the Chinese mainland. These media are expecting a more pragmatic and enterprising Chinese government.  


The reform has started

"We have noticed the Chinese leaders reduce the expense on flowers and carpets, which I believe signifies the start of a reform," Ta Kung Pao, a HK-based newspaper quotes a chief Asia economist with France's Societe Generale as saying.  

Another HK-based newspaper, Wen Wei Po, also published an article in praise of China's new leaders today: "China is a big country. To run such a country is just like cooking a delicate dish: you must have a perfect control of the timing."  

"As it is stated in the report of the 18th Party Congress of the Communist Party of China, the country will neither take the old and rigid closed-door policy, nor embrace an erroneous path." the article continues.

"The new leaders are like a Dream Team. They have already started a crucial journey to push the country ahead."


A news commentary in Want Daily, based in Taipei, says much attention has been paid to Xi Jinping's speeches since he was elected CPC's General Secretary. "When he first showed up in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, we have begun to notice his particular emphasis on 'people's need'."

"And recently, we are seeing a slew of new measures enacted, in a move to uproot the existing bad habits and corrupt life styles among some Chinese officials. From these measures, we can actually expect something fresh from the Chinese government."  

"The Chinese government seems resolute to combat corruption since Xi assumed office," writes the US-based World Journal. "This can be regarded as a sign, that the new leaders will carry out reform."  

Jnocnews is a Chinese language website in Japan, it labels the recent speeches and acts of the new leaders as "sincere", "they have won widespread applauses, and the public confidence of China is now rising."  

The website believes the post-18th Party Congress era to turn out China's great opportunity.  

"Grassroots complex" draws leaders closer to public  


"The Communist Party of China is pragmatic and rational; it also has deep understanding of the actual conditions of its society," says Ta Kung Pao.  

"The Political Bureau has now determined to focus on the improvement of social security in 2003; namely, employment, insurance, households, and other things pertinent to the public's interest," the newspaper comments. "This reflects the importance that Xi Jinping has attached to the people's livelihood."  

At the same time, Jnocnews has detected "the tone, language and work style of the new leaders rather amiable."  

The article says the newly-elected leadership actually has a lot in common. Firstly, most of them have lived in the countryside, which is poorer compared with China's urban areas, and have worked very hard to get where they are. Second, they witnessed the turbulent days of China when they were young, and therefore, understand what the people really need for a better life. Third, they all have a "grassroots complex", as they all start up from the grassroots level and know what is like there. Fourth, they are well educated and possess global outlook.

Last, but not least, most of the new leaders have expertise in economic management in their record of governance.  

Chinese government tends to pay greater attention to people's livelihood in the years to come, as Jnocnews sums up.

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