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Why Professor Fan Crawled for One Kilometre

On 1 Jan 2014, Professor Fan Zongxin crawled on his hands and knees for a kilometre accompanied by his dog, with his wife filming him.

Why? On 1 Jan, 2013, when blogging on the web, Professor Fan predicted that during, Chinese officials who held positions at lower than provincial level, would open their affairs and income to public scrutiny. He promised that: : "If my prediction is not fulfilled, than I must be as stupid as a pig, I shall crawl for 1 km."

On 31st Dec. 2013, bloggers resurrected his post and reminded him of his promise. So he fulfilled his promise first thing on New Year's Day, which resulted in bleeding knees and palms.

Whilst he was crawling, people walking by and asked him what kind of Tai-chi or health training he was doing, Fan replied: "Straightening back bone for citizens."

Chinese bloggers applauded Professor Fan for keeping his word, and asked him if he would like to re-new his prediction and promise for this year. "NO, NO" he replied.

Grave Poverty VS Glossy Military Parade PDF Print E-mail
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Lin Xiaozhou   

Following China’s conditional participation in the 147 nations’ Global Price Comparison project in 2007, its national Bureau of Statistics provided the World Bank with prices of more than 1000 commodities and services that covered 11 of its cities and rural regions. The latest statistics made available by the UN and the World Bank showed that about 13% of China’s population are in a state of destitution, earning less than one US dollar per day (to the equivalent of RMB 3.6) while 32% are in a state of poverty, earning less than two US dollars per day (to the equivalent of RMB 7.2).

In the report's chapter People’s Actual Consumption on Average, the World Bank pointed out that many countries claiming to be among the top range of their GDP in fact fall into the category of “Countries with very low Consumption,” of which China is one, because a significant proportion of China’s GDP comprises net export and capitals, rather than household consumption.

The resolution and boldness with which the Chinese government deals with its financial expenditure and reporting of same, contrast sharply with the strict and numerous procedures and extreme caution that Western countries take in administrative deliberation and the allocation of financial resources.

As I have lived in China for such a long time, I can see that Western countries are so rigid compared to the big spending of communist China.  The rubber stamp voting in the People’s Congress  speeds up the process of every thing, as long as the communist political requirements are met, any project can go forward with the accounting figures assured to be correct. There is no need for Chinese citizens to worry about whether policy is good or bad.

Politics, which involves things such as power consolidation, propaganda or suppressing the voices of dissidents, always takes top priority. Therefore, decision-makers never hesitate to spend massively for those purposes, nor have they any fear of congressional or public supervision or embarrassment about expenditure figures.

National expense is, by law, a national secret

In such conditions, the Communist Party, with its firm grip on power in China, was free to spend RMB 300 billion on the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Wall Street Journal criticized Beijing for spending RMB 31 billion on security for the Games. Such a huge and heavy monetary outlay has displayed the power of the communist party; it may also satisfy the vanity of the Chinese masses.

The recent 'celebration' of the 60 years anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) taking power in China shows that cost is not a limiting factor.  The grand scale of the military parade, special projects on Tiananmen Square, the fireworks - how much money produced by sweat and blood of poor Chinese citizens has been spent on this?

Though it is another national secret, many people are interested to know. Recently, after one Wu Mao Dang * had posted the news that it might have cost about 1 or 2 billion; but it was worth it no matter how much money was spent, a worried citizen cried out: “14.4 billion was spent on the military parade in 1999; it is probably 20 billion this time. Spend taxpayers’ money as you like; the nerves of ordinary people have already been numbed.”

In fact, Li Shen Zhi, the late deputy director of the Chinese Academy of Social Science, had already revealed that hundreds of billions had been channelled into the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the communist establishment in China. Zhang Tianliang, a US columnist, said during an interview with Radio Free Asia, that this year’s military parade had been staged on a much larger scale, with stricter security measures in place than the 1999 one, which cost 160000000000 RMB. He estimated that the budget this year would be by no means less, taking into account the inflation factor. Government expenses are just like a boat that rises as the river swells. Zhang estimated 500 billion RMB input is only a conservative figure for staging the Beijing Olympics and the 60th Anniversary Celebration.

The CCP regime defines the poverty threshold in the rural area as 683 yuan for each person per year, or roughly 56.9 yuan per month. In line with this statistic, a rural family in Guizhou province could be lifted out of poverty through a “nutrition payment” of between 120 to 150 yuan, for selling blood several times a month. Similarly, adult or child rubbish collectors could also increase their income if they are able to pick up rubbish worth 2 yuan daily.

IF the 500 billion yuan spent on the Olympics or the expenses wasted on celebrations could be distributed to poor Chinese people, they would have 683 yuan extra per year. It would enable 7 billion Chinese to rise from poverty instantly. 

Many Chinese people are actually wise enough not to be bothered by these figures, because they know their money would just be swallowed by communist officials, if it does not go to the communist propaganda events. One thing is for sure that no money will ever be spent on Chinese people. The only hope for our Chinese people is to be blessed by Heaven.

* 'Wu Mao Dang': 50 Cent Party, also called 50 Cent Army, is the name for paid bloggers operating since 2005 in China, whose role is posting favorable comments regarding government policies, to skew public opinion on various Internet message boards. They are named after the 50 Chinese cents, or 5 mao, they are paid for each post.



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