Visions of a Freeman -
Thursday, October 24 of 2013
CNN viciously and cowardly
attacks all Chinese people.
This news was listed in the main page of CNN, with a picture in the "READ
THIS, WATCH THIS" section. The most important and most visible section of
the CNN website.
You don't have to take my word for it, you can see it:
China, 'everyone is guilty of corruption'
By Lijia Zhang, Special for CNN
October 24, 2013 -- Updated 0301 GMT (1101 HKT)
Editor's note: Lijia Zhang is a Beijing-based writer and the author of
"Socialism is Great! A Worker's Memoir of the New China." She appears in
the latest episode of On China with Kristie Lu Stout, which examines the
country's fight against corruption. For viewing times please click here.
Beijing (CNN) -- Another "tiger" has been caught. Last week, Ji Jianye,
the mayor of my hometown Nanjing, a major city in eastern China, was
arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes worth about 20 million yuan
After taking power in March, President Xi Jinping launched a
high-profile anti-corruption campaign, vowing to catch both tigers and
flies -- big and small corrupt officials. China has seen plenty of such
campaigns, arising and subsiding like summer storms.
But this one appears to be the most vigorous since China opened up; when
corruption became rampant in the new market economy and officials
started to trade power for financial gains.
Much as I appreciate our president's determination, his battle feels
like an attempt to "put out a big fire with a glass of water," given how
corruption has reached every corner of our society.
READ: Swatting flies: Beijing's fight to root out corruption
Chinese public opinion surveys identify corruption as the most hated
social problem, yet everyone is
also guilty of it.
Last year, when my father fell seriously ill, we took him to a decent
hospital close by but were told the beds were fully occupied. As always,
we turned to our guanxi -- our network of connections -- for help.
Fortunately, a relative, a not so senior but well-connected official,
managed to secure a private room at the hospital, which is reserved for
ranking leaders. In return, the relative agreed to get the son of the
hospital director into the most desirable school in Nanjing.
I became aware the weight of guanxi shortly after I was thrust into
adulthood: At 16 I was dragged out of the school to work at a military
Two months later, when Spring Festival came, my mother requested that I
visit my boss' home with gifts she had prepared. Naive and embarrassed,
I refused. Mother angrily predicted: "You'll never go far in life if you
don't know how to la guanxi!" The verb la means to pull or to develop.
Sure enough, I never got any promotion during my decade-long stint at
the factory even though I acquired a degree in mechanical engineering.
READ: What China can learn from Hong Kong
For any Chinese businessman, guanxi is essential. Recently, I met up
with a long-lost friend, with whom I marched in the Nanjing streets back
in the spring of 1989 and shouted "Down With Corruption" -- one of the
complaints that had sparked the unprecedented Tiananmen Square
More than 20 years later, this friend spends 90% of his time running his
high-tech company. His youthful idealism has gone and his waistline has
expanded considerably. With a ghost of a smile, he blames it on the
excessive dining, drinking and occasional visits to prostitutes that are
part of the tiresome game of guanxi. "Your business
can't survive a day if you are not corrupt," he told me.
He has to smooth every step of his business with gifts or outright
bribes: From obtaining the business license, to entertaining potential
clients, to receiving 15% of the tax deduction that a high-tech company
is entitled to. He estimates that 3% to 5 % of operating costs goes to
Such practices drive entrepreneurs to seek senior officials as their
patrons because politicians in China have the power to approve projects
and allocate resources.
The relationship between the now disgraced politician Bo Xilai and
businessmen Xu Ming, the founder of Dalian Shide Group, was typical of
such patron-client relationships. Xu, a large man, allegedly fattened
his pockets through his guanxi with the Bo family as he funded the
family's jet-set life style.
Xu was detained shortly after Bo's arrest and testified against Bo at
his trial in August, although Xu has not been charged with any
Local media reports suggest that authorities are investigating similar
ties between the newly disgraced Nanjing mayor and Zhu Xingliang, the
richest businessman in Suzhou, a city near Nanjing, who has also been
placed under house arrest.
And politically, China produces its top leaders more or less based on
patron-client ties rather than meritocracy. Both President Xi and Bo are
"princelings" -- the children of senior leaders, the most powerful and
influential group in China. Nepotism, a form of corruption, has feudal
In fact, I believe the whole corrupt practice of guanxi is rooted in
China's long tradition of renzhi -- rule of men rather than the rule of
President Xi has called for a curb on official extravagance: No red
carpet treatment, no luxury banquets and no fancy office buildings. But
these are the symptoms not the root of the problem.
To stamp out corruption, he will have to not only observe the rule of
law but also introduce genuine political reforms that would allow checks
and balances, transparency, and independent scrutiny. Such remedies,
although proven elsewhere, may be too strong for him to take.
I don't doubt that the authorities will net more tigers. But there will
be hundreds and thousands more at large and countless flies, thriving in
China's politically and culturally rich breeding
ground for corruption.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are
solely those of Lijia Zhang.
Let me tell you something:
the power to decide what gets published and what does not get published
so CNN is the ONLY RESPONSIBLE
of what gets published at it's site. I do not
agree with that CNN Policy: "I abuse anyone I want, when I want for
whatever reason I want and I am NEVER
to be held accountable or responsible for anything because we at CNN
have a LICENSE TO RAPE".
It is not within the limits of this news to compare the corruption in the United
States with that of China since the aggressor was CNN, not the United States.
But I do have to show the fact that CNN is a great coward. He took material that
was clearly a stone, like taking a hard stone from the floor and put it in his
hand and then with that same hand used it's force to throw that rock at the
heads of all Chinese, and I truly mean ALL CHINESE,
all of China, every single Chinese and there are more than one thousand million
of them. This is a huge aggression against all Chinese people, poor, rich,
jobless, business leaders, women, men, children and adult.
This is a serious act of aggression against every single Chinese in the world,
and that is what the title says as you can read CLEARLY:
Author: In China, 'everyone
is guilty of corruption'
It does not say that some are corrupt, it does not say that most of them are
corrupt, it says that ALL OF THEM are corrupt, every
single one of them with NO EXCEPTIONS at all.
CNN has an owner, CNN has an Editor, CNN is like a
If you do not know what a slingshot is, it is a weapon that is basically a
wooden stick in the form of a Y with a rubber band tied to both the upper part
of the Y, used to throw rocks.
This is a slingshot:
So CNN took the rock, loaded it into the Slingshot, pulled the rubber band and
pointed directly at all the Chinese, at their heads and proceeded to release the
rock that hit and hurt all Chinese people and then to our surprise the
gutless coward, the shameless rapist, the awesomely irresponsible snooper makes
a daring and shameless assertion that demonstrates the extreme levels of
irresponsibility of corrupt CNN:
opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Lijia Zhang.
So CNN actively helps Lijia Zhang attack all Chinese people, gives Lijia a
platform and a powerful megaphone, gives her a space that in marketing is
worth perhaps even MILLIONS OF DOLLARS to attack and
hurt all Chinese people and then claims it has no responsibility on the matter
and that the ONLY person responsible for that aggression is Lijia Zhang...
No Chinese person, even if he likes or not the Chinese Government can be happy
with the criminal, irresponsible behavior of CNN, since that attack was not
directed at any given sector of the Chinese people but to all the Chinese
people, it says that all Chinese people are corrupt, thus delinquents and
Pretend that your name is Chow Chong for example and you have six brothers. One
day you are happy and suddenly you see in the News: "Chow Chong's Mother is a Dirty,
Cheap, Filthy and Vulgar BITCH and all her Children
are SONS OF A BITCH, all of them because Chow
Chong's Mother was seen buying sexy underwear and Lipstick"... Then it says: "I,
CNN deliberately helped millions of people read that Chow Chong's Mother
is a BITCH and all her children are
SONS OF A BITCH by
publishing what Lijia Zhang said and me, CNN, am not responsible for anything
because I, CNN can call ANYONE a Bitch and Sons of a
Bitch, thus RAPE and ABUSE
ANYONE without being held accountable for it"...
Just by that vicious, irresponsible, criminal and cowardly attack all Chinese,
all of them should support the BAN CNN has in China, because it is clear, now
more than ever that CNN is a cowardly ENEMY of
ALL THE CHINESE PEOPLE and does not even have the
guts to assume responsibility for it's unfair and BRUTAL
AGGRESSIONS against all the Chinese people, I repeat,
ALL THE CHINESE PEOPLE, that is what CNN said, it
said ALL CHINESE PEOPLE ARE SONS OF A BITCH CALLED CHINA.
My complete respect for the Chinese people, all of them. Media Corruption is a
terrible and horrible problem that causes pain, hate, wars and suffering to all
of humanity for the profit of very dangerous criminals that gain profit from
raping people, corrupting children and society and making shows with horrible
human suffering for profit.
No decent person in the world can feel happy or support that irresponsible and
criminal attitude of CNN. It is time they are held accountable for their crimes
against humanity and world peace, it is time for Academic Media to replace
Gangster, criminal media.
China blocks CNN because the Chinese people have MORALS,
DIGNITY and HONOR to
protect ALL CHINESE PEOPLE against
RUDE and COWARDLY
CRIMINALS WITH A MASS MEDIA.