Things are getting 'rotten', Xi Jinping warns party leaders
In his first meeting this week with the leaders of eight non-Communist parties permitted to operate in China, Xi quoted an ancient Chinese proverb which stated "things must have gone rotten before insects can grow" while asking his party-men to stay clean and self-disciplined.
Xi, 59, who has been cautioning about the likelihood of party loosing its hold over China due to corruption and complacency, caught the leaders of the eight parties by surprise by recalling a warning by non-communist leader to Mao Zedong in 1945 about rise and fall of dynasties in China.
Xi referred to a conversation between Mao and Huang Yanpei, founder leader of the non-communist China Democratic National Construction Association, in which the latter reminded the Communist strongman about how dynasties fell, falling pray to sluggishness after staying in power for long time, despite diligent and frugal beginning.
In response, Mao, who took over power in China in 1949, replied the CPC had found an escape route – democracy.
Mao said the governments will never be slack at work if they are under the supervision of the people.
That conversation, Xi said, remained relevant today as an "impetus and a warning" to the party, state-run China Daily reported today.
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