Our army directs to the Sun: exclusive interview with admiral Qin Tian, director of the Science and Research Institute of National University of Defense
By Qiu Shi
1, Chairman Xi clearly pointed out that under new historical circumstances, the army must “stead forwardly protect the Party’s leadership and socialism with Chinese characteristics; firmly protect the country’s sovereignty, security and interest of development; firmly protect the important strategic development period for China; and firmly protect regional and international peace.
2, We are making a history documentary called Forward! Forward! Forward! which is mainly to advocate the army’s spirit.
3, This documentary is based on history, but it is not simply a history documentary. It is linked through advocacy of the army’s spirit and highlights the people’s army’s red gene and great forces. From the Opium War in 1894, what the Chinese army has been like? A Japanese army officer once said that he was ashamed to fight with enemies like China. He said we were corrupted, greedy, coward, afraid of death, and easy to give up. In a nutshell, he thought we were useless. However, four decades has passed, in this land, still this nation, there is an unprecedented army, and we did an incredible thing - the Long March.
4,What is 40 years like? It is not even a glimpse of second in a nation’s long history. But how come there was such a drastic change? How come there were so many amazing achievements? How many touching and impressive stories are there? I think this is because of genetic mutation - it is a positive genetic mutation of this nation, and this army. What are the results? This people’s army overthrew three mountains and built up a new China. Afterwards there was the Korean War, and we defeated the joint armies spearheaded by the United States.
5, How come we could have so many achievements in just a few decades? It is because of the army’s spirit. It is because of the Chinese Communist Party. These loyal Communist Party Members gave spirit to this army and provided it with steel and iron will, as well as the overpassing force. Nowadays we think back about them and there is a whole-hearted calling: the spirit is back.
6, In the past few years there is great economic achievement but some areas are lost. There are some people in the Party, including some leaders and cadres, their political awareness, awareness of perspectives, awareness of base and awareness of the enemy is weakened and diluted. Some people even think that if we continue to develop like this there will be no fundamental difference between China and Western Capitalist societies. They think there is no meaning to debate on ideology or political system. They have lost their confidence on the system, on theories, and on the path; they think that all roads lead to the same destination. They think it is a general trend for the whole world to be the same eventually. Under this backdrop, we could see there are internal problems of not caring ideology work, or don’t dare to take care of ideological work, or they don’t know how to do it.
7, Another is external danger - the West has permeated into our politics, thinking and culture more than ever. How do we view this problem? I believe there are two types of people in our system: one type are really stupid; the other pretend to be stupid. The problem is serious because there are less and less people who are really stupid, but more and more people who pretend to be stupid. Many people know the consequences of Western dissimilation, but they don’t really show their stance, of they have shifted their stance, which is serious. If we don’t seriously target this problem, China will become the second Soviet Union sooner or later.
By People’s Daily
(The last paragraph)
People of Authority: Influenced by complicated setting and other elements, currently the whole society is at a sensitive stage, and it is vitally important to stabilize people’s expectations. Market expectation and economic development could mutually influence each other and create a positive circle. A stable expectation and increased confidence could encourage the whole society’s passion to start their own businesses and increase the dynamics of market forces, therefore it will become an important momentum for economic development. Clear policy signal is key to stabilization. We could see that it is clear that the Party and the government is promoting towards the reform of marketization. And the support to entrepreneurs is consistent. We continue our system of public ownership with support of other types of ownership, which is the basic economic system in the beginning phase of socialism. The central government has not changed its direction to reform of state-owned enterprises. It has not changed its general guideline to protect the property of private entrepreneurs. It has not changed its policy to continue reform and open up and take advantage of foreign assets.
The writer Liu Shan is the deputy director of China Business Times, holder of PhD in Economics
1, For a news report generally there should be at least three pieces of key information, when, where, what happened. This was a headline story at the front page of People’s Daily, which is the most important news that day, but the “people of authority” is anonymous. The incomplete information at such an important location is obviously not a silly mistake from the editorial team. It is because it is not convenient to reveal the messenger’s identity, which highlights the secretiveness and uniqueness of this report, therefore, reveals its importance to interpret. From the logic of Chinese politics, this (these) people of authority must be in a special position and is influential in general public decision making - this piece of news is actually revealing the Central government’s analysis and judgement on the economic trend to the outside.
Signal one: There will not be a collapsing downfall in the economy. The central government is confident and capable.
Signal two: People need to actively shift the structure; those who are not active will suffer.
Signal three: Investment is still the leading force. New policies are needed for boosting consumption.
Signal four: The bull market is still the long-term need.
Signal five: Avoiding risk is a big picture. They might punish a small group to show to everyone in order to avoid seriously bad debt.
Signal six: Real estate is still not easy to sell.
Signal 7: Macro planning will play on balance.
Signal 8: General policy stays the same, still encourages creating wealth.