Building the Party’s Governing Capability:
Walking the Internet Mass Line in the New Era
August 23, 2017. 11:31:27 – Source: Hongqi Wengao – Author: Nie Mingsheng
Following the development and application of network media technology, information transmission chains and action communication models based on mobile phones, SMS, blogs, Weibo, Weixin and app clients are deeply changing the traditional political ecology and the operational logic of real society. “Digital survival” in the Internet era has opened up entirely new avenues of participation in governance for the people (minqun). It has started a new model of public governance where questions are asked to government, politics is discussed and reasoned about through the Internet. At the same time, the “largest variable” of the Internet brings entirely new challenges to the ruling environment and to the methods of rule. During the Network Security and Informatization Work Symposium, General Secretary Xi Jinping stressed that: “Party institutions and leading cadres at all levels must learn to follow the mass line through the Internet, often use the Internet to understand what the masses think, collect good ideas and good suggestions, actively respond to netizens’ concerns, solve their doubts and clear-up confusion. Therefore, in the new era walking the mass line through the Internet, constantly innovating ruling ideas, ruling modes and methods, earnestly strengthening the construction of the Internet governing capability have become a strategic choice to push forward the construction of the Party’s governing capability.
Authored by Zhang Zheng, the Director of the Director of the China Credit Research Centre at Beijing University, the following article is part of a series of official articles and commentaries published in 2014, immediately after the the adoption of the Planning Outline on the Construction of a Social Credit System (2014 – 2020).
It is worth noting how – as the question of whether China is a market economy is still part of the global “querelle” about China – already three years ago domestic commentators began moving away from the concept of ‘market economy’ towards a concept of ‘credit economy’.
Milestones from the Market System to the Credit System
Central Government Portal www.gov.cn, 15 July 2014, 12:29. Source: Economic Daily
The following article appeared on the theory column of the People’s Daily two years ago. It provides an official policy interpretation of the unified social credit number system – the 18-digits code attributed to enterprises, and social organizations. This official intepretation of an existing policy prevails on any other possible policy interpretation by Western interpreters. The reasons why official Chinese policy interpretations of any given policy document are weightier than Western policy interpretations of the same document have been amply explained in a presentation I delivered at the 2016 edition of the European China Law Studies Association Conference. The paper can be accessed free of charge here.
The following article first appeared on the official website of the State Council – China’s supreme organ of administrative power – among the official articles and commentaries published shorty after the adoption of the Planning Outline on the Construction of a Social Credit System (2014 – 2020). Its author, Han Jiaping, is the Director of the Ministry of Commerce Research Centre on Credit and Electronic Commerce. The original version of the essay can be found here. The essay is useful for a general understanding of what social credit in China is.
The Meaning and Extension of ‘Social Credit System’
The “Outline” adopts a broad definition of the meaning and the extension. of social credit system in our country. This is very consistent with the reality of the construction of credit in China at the moment. It not only embodies the understanding of the concept of credit since ancient times, it also reflects the basic characteristics of the problems of social credit in China at this stage, it is a scientific assertion. Read More
Editor’s Note: What follows is the translation of an article that appeared on the July 8 issue of the daily newspaper China Times (华夏时报 Huaxia Shibao). This translation is provided for reference only. You are welcome to modify it, and use it on any electronic or paper medium of information, on condition you include a link to the present post.
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