Eric X. Li: A tale of two political systems

Eric X. Li: A tale of two political systems

Having been here in China for almost three years now, I’ve had a bit of time to get to know the locals and to become somewhat familiar with the way of life–daily life, work ethics, personal behaviors–general experiences of the culture. It was quite interesting to watch this video on TED recently; the speaker was making a case for the government here in the Middle Kingdom. Most interesting as he brushed aside the charges of rampant corruption and cronyism at every level, to insist instead that the members of The Party only arrive at the highest levels by being the best there is.

Competency Rules.

And while there are more engineers and scientists in Chinese government than are elected in my own, or so I’m told, I’m just not convinced that a one-party system can be all that self-correcting, as the speaker claims. I don’t notice the world striving to emulate the Chinese way of life, but I do see a rapid adoption of the Western culture here. So, if this is a self-correction, why has it only become necessary after the opening of China to the world? Seems like it’s very much driven by outside economic and political forces, not internal retrospection.

I think the Chinese government is much more highly skilled in followership than in leadership.

(Oh, there’s that knock at the door again…)