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President Hu's List of Do's and Don'ts for China. [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2006-3-16 21:49:09 |Display all floors
President Hu's list of Do's and Don'ts for China.  Article details principles listed on a poster and made available at the CCP meeting earlier this month.  

I like these.  I don't understand why China Daily did not run this story itself.  One thing that's good about this list is that it gives people something to keep in mind as they go about their normal routines.  Even the quote from Mao is okay -- Mao says what a lot of Americans believe too.  And so also is the quote from Deng, about the cat catching mice.

The statement about science is very interesting to me.  It's the one statement that doesn't seem to fit with the others on the list.  Hu doesn't disparage peoples' customs and faiths, but he does side with science, whch is very consistent with what leaders everywhere, including religious leaders, advocate.

If anyone has a photo of the poster, please post it so we can all see.  Thanks.



A list of do's and don't's from Chinese President Hu Jin-tao:

Love, do not harm the motherland.

Serve, don't disserve the people.

Uphold science; don't be ignorant and unenlightened.

Work hard; don't be lazy and hate work.

Be united and help each other; don't gain benefits at the expense of others.

Be honest and trustworthy, not profit-mongering at the expense of your values.

Be disciplined and law-abiding instead of chaotic and lawless.

Know plain living and hard struggle, do not wallow in luxuries and pleasures.



Chinese President Hu Issues List of Virtues; One Is 'Don't Be Lazy and Hate Work'

March 15, 2006 - 12:42:51

By ALEXA OLESEN

BEIJING (AP) - President Hu Jin-tao has a message for Chinese who are greedy, lazy or unpatriotic: Be ashamed, be very ashamed. Hu's list of eight do's and don't's was unveiled during the meeting of parliament that ended this week.

It aims to douse the excesses of China's 27-year-long economic boom with a bucket of cold virtue.

On Wednesday, the aphorisms were issued on a $1 poster with plain, black Chinese characters above a photo of the Great Wall.

Hu's virtues are blandly apolitical, with none of the radical vigor of founding communist leader Mao Zedong, who declared: "Political power comes out of the barrel of a gun."

"Love, do not harm the motherland," says Hu's list. "Uphold science; don't be ignorant and unenlightened."

Hu's virtues add to efforts by communist leaders to assure the public they are fighting corruption and trying to close the gap between an elite who have profited from China's economic reforms and the poor majority.

The list also appears to be a tentative step toward legacy-building for Hu, who is general secretary of the ruling Communist Party and was appointed to the largely ceremonial post of president in 2003.

For centuries, Chinese leaders have tried, usually in vain, to mold public and official behavior with poetic maxims.

"In our socialist society we must not allow the boundaries to be blurred when it comes to right and wrong, evil and kindness, beauty and ugliness," Hu told a March 4 parliamentary seminar, according to the Communist Party newspaper.

"What we support, what we resist, what we oppose and what we promote all must be crystal clear," he said, adding that his "socialist concept of honor and disgrace" should be promoted to the masses, especially young people.

But countering lawlessness and greed with phrases extolling plain living is like trying to put the genie of economic reform back in the bottle, says one China watcher.

"The overwhelming majority of Chinese people don't want to go back to the simple life. They want the good life like the people in the cities have," said Merle Goldman of Harvard University, author of the book "From Comrade to Citizen: The Struggle for Political Rights in China."

The official Xinhua News Agency hailed the list as "a perfect amalgamation of traditional Chinese values and modern virtues."

"It shows that the party has become aware that earlier campaigns were not having much of an impact on the youth," said novelist Zhang Kangkang, a delegate to parliament's main noncommunist advisory body, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

"They have chosen to use very neutral language, very apolitical language, to get the message across," she said. "It's very populist, very middle-of-the-road."

The 2,280-member consultative conference _ a gathering of businesspeople, religious leaders and others _ closed its annual session Monday with a resolution praising Hu's list of virtues and pledging to "make it part of social norms."

The list is displayed on a poster that lacks the visual impact of revolutionary-era propaganda, which featured stark woodblock prints and vivid paintings of joyous peasants that have become collector's items.

Some welcome Hu's language and its echoes of temperate, pre-revolutionary Chinese philosophers.

"From Deng Xiaoping's saying that 'white cat, black cat' stuff to now, we have totally lost our sense of morality. It's been 20 years since we threw our morality out the window," said Sheri Liao, an environmental activist and former philosophy teacher.

Deng, then the supreme leader, launched China's economic reforms with the pragmatic declaration: "It doesn't matter if a cat is black or white; it is a good cat as long as it catches mice."

"My personal opinion is that it's a very good thing," Liao said of Hu's value system. "The Chinese Communist Party is starting to take an interest in and adopt a friendly attitude to traditional culture and values."

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Post time 2006-3-16 23:08:55 |Display all floors

A "D" for eloquence

I have to say I find these slogans rather daft. I doubt that many people will take notice, let alone change their lives accordingly. There seems to be a misconception amongst Party leaders that society's ills can be fixed with a good ol' fashioned "patriotic education campaign". This is a regurgitation of the "Lei Feng" ideology that people shouldn't be concerned that they are disenfranchised & poor because it's great to be a "good Communist", but with boring, dreary language. Well it doesn't work - the poor and disheartened won't change their attitudes because of this. I think Merle Goldman has hit the nail right on the head.

I think it would be more productive if the President drew up a "to-do list" for himself rather than put the onus on the people to be "good".

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Post time 2006-3-16 23:28:24 |Display all floors

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Nice slogans, but I'm afraid, practically useless.

People do not follow it in practice and some cannot be followed literaly.

Marx was right when he told that capitalism cannot exist without exploitation of workers. Therefore point 5 is not to be met.

Many other points can also be interpreted in very different way. Love China - here it is mostly vague. What does it mean and who is the judge of what it is?
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Post time 2006-3-16 23:58:12 |Display all floors

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Originally posted by doberman at 16-3-2006 15:28

Marx was right when he told that capitalism cannot exist without exploitation of workers.


That depends what you mean. Workers don't have to be screwed over (e.g. paid 1 Yuan an hour), even if its inevitable they will be paid a lot less than those at the top. China's boom has actually led to a lot of worker power in some regions, as there is now a shortage of labour.

Many other points can also be interpreted in very different way. Love China - here it is mostly vague. What does it mean and who is the judge of what it is?


Yep. Who's to say who loves China and who doesn't? To be honest that can be a very dangerous slogan, as it would give those who created it an unprecedented amount of power to label people as "hating China" when a reasonable person might say they were actually expressing their love through concern, or whatever.
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Post time 2006-3-17 00:22:26 |Display all floors

That depends what you mean.

This is exactly what I mean.

THAT DEPENDS ON WHAT IT MEANS.

I have no slightest reason not to believe that Hu's words meant all positive. Bringing some morality to the world of greed and money rat race. So what he wrote means one simple thing to him.

But then there are people , who read it and the interpretations can be as many as readers.
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Post time 2006-3-17 00:27:03 |Display all floors
People like propaganda

People in all countries like propaganda.  Hu's list is within the ancient and modern traditions of China, and it is not bad advice for people everywhere in all countries.  Who can dispute the value of the sayings?

Even the last of the sayings is practiced here in America.  Compared to the world, Americans live a life of luxury, but compared to other Americans, there is no shame in frugality.

In the USA it has been commonplace for political leaders to produce written works that detail their political philsophy and their approach to big issues.  In 1992, Clinton and Gore produced a book to go along with their campaign.  In 1994, Republicans in congress produced the Contract with America, which caused them to win majorities in both the House and the Senate.  In 2000, Gore and Lieberman produced another book on their views on issues of importance.  I haven't read any of these works, but a lot of people did, and found them valuable.

Does anyone have a photo of the poster that they're selling?
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Post time 2006-3-17 00:41:55 |Display all floors
Originally posted by matt605 at 16-3-2006 16:27
People in all countries like propaganda.  Hu's list is within the ancient and modern traditions of China, and it is not bad advice for people everywhere in all countries.  Who can dispute the value of the sayings?


Quite the reverse. Quite often they get fed up with people lecturing them rather than doing their job proactively. And the rest of the time they usually ignore such things.
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