CCP Slogans Don’t WorkThe article raised some sensitive points: CCP officials “skirt around difficulties and are not proactive in resolving problems;” some believe that “the more you do, the more likely you are to make mistakes;” and “while it’s good to seek no merit, it’s better not to get demerits.”
At the Fifth Plenary Session this October, Chinese leader Xi Jinping claimed to have formulated a major strategic economic decision, referred to as “domestic circulation.” He also promulgated the 14th Five-Year Plan and the 2035 Vision that he expects to be implemented right away. However, officials at all levels appear to be generally passive and lack motivation. They continue to flatter and “obey” the top leadership, but they don’t have much to show for productivity—this is what high-level officials are worried about.
The article tried to dig into the root cause, positing that the inactivity is due to “fear of making a mistake,” which could be interpreted as an intention to commit wrongdoing. It then clarified the difference between “wrongdoing” and “errors,” and explained that “in the implementation of policies, losses due to unexpected and unforeseen factors should not be a reason for being held accountable.”
This is tantamount to recognizing the widespread phenomenon of unproductive officials. In order to encourage officials at all levels to do their jobs without fearing the repercussions, the CCP’s media was instructed to promise no punishment for “errors.”
The Reality"Why would people make such an excuse for not doing their jobs when they are just being very selfish?" the article stated. It went on to explain: "The room for corruption is getting smaller. Some people aren’t happy about it. Not only do they slack off but also come up with pessimistic excuses.”
The author was quite blunt about the state of the regime’s officialdom.
The Chinese communist officialdom is made up of cadres who are greedy for money and power. It is guaranteed that corrupt officials would reap the benefits from major projects in China, such as transportation and digital networks, through bribery and corruption.
However, if there are no incentives and no room for corruption, then officials would lack the motivation to perform their duties.
A WarningIt is likely that People's Daily was ordered by senior officials to warn slackers at all levels: “Doing nothing is also wrong and will have consequences,” the article stated.
After years of carrying out Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign (among officials) and amid a deteriorating economy, the phenomenon of slackers among officials will only get worse.
But, in the beginning of the article, it claimed that errors can be forgiven.
So, is this bluff really going to work?
The article went on to reveal the Communist Party's main complaint: "The reason why many problems continue to worsen" is precisely because "cadres are lazy, idle, not working, and not responsible, and tedious issues thus evolve into major ones."
In the end, the article touted the 14th Five-Year Plan as being "at the beginning" and "entering a new stage of development." The elaborate project requires one to "bear heavy burdens and gnaw hard bones," a Chinese saying that implies a daunting task.
No EscapeSanctions imposed by the United States continue one after another, and sanctions by other Western countries will likely follow. The sanctions make it difficult for CCP officials to flee and hide their assets overseas.
High-ranking CCP officials have elaborate plans in place if they need to flee the country. They’ve carefully arranged how and where to relocate their family members and their assets.
What if the officials’ family members are forced to give up foreign assets? If they all return to China, how can they be resettled? If a factional turmoil breaks out, the whole family might be implicated. Those who are part of the faction that opposes Xi will worry about retaliation against them. And those who support Xi have no guarantee that he can continue to hold onto power. Once the power shifts, there won’t be a safe haven.
As the CCP loses its grip on power, the elites in the mainland are at risk of being weeded out.
The escape route to the United States and other major Western countries are blocked. CCP officials at all levels are probably considering other smaller countries, or third world countries as an alternative.
It’s hard to believe that CCP officials are idle at this time. Since they are busy with making arrangements, they will naturally slack off at their jobs. The top leaders and the media are aware that this is happening, but no one dares to say anything about it.