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Monday, February 23, 2015

Weibo Big V Ren Zhiqiang Expresses Concern About Direction of Party's Ideology Campaign, Gets Censored

On February 14, 2015, Ren Zhiqiang (任志强) published a post on his Caijing blog entitled "What Are Western Value Systems" (什么是西方价值观). Some excerpts:
If our own value systems are superior to Western value systems, if China wishes to see the world accept China's value system, then why can't the two value systems be allowed to openly compete on the same platform? Why is it necessary to fear Western value systems?
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Marxism was not invented in China. The October Revolution led by Lenin was once the model for China's revolutionaries, but it did not originate in China. The war against Japan was one part of a global movement to oppose fascism, making no distinctions between East and West. Many of the laws and regulations enacted after reform and opening up began benefited from learning from other countries and the West. Accepting capital from East and West, commercial trading with East and West, these actions that were unacceptable during the Cultural Revolution era. 
如果我们的价值观有超越西方价值观的优越性,如果中国希望世界能接纳中国的价值观,那么为什么不能公开的让两种价值观在同一个平台上竞争,又何需惧怕西方的价值观?
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马克思主义不是产自中国的。列宁领导的十月革命,曾经是中国革命者的榜样,也不是来自中国。抗日战争是一场世界各国不分东西而联合起来反对法西斯战争中的一部分。改革开放后的许许多多的法律法规,都得益于从世界各国或西方学习而来的。借助于世界不分东西的资金,与世界不分东西的贸易交往,大量的持有西方的货币和债券,都在文革时期是不可接受的行为。
These screenshots show that the blog was originally available here - http://blog.caijing.com.cn/expert_article-40-79668.shtml - but was subsequently deleted.


On February 15, 2015, the websites of several mainland China news outlets published an article entitled "Ren Zhiqiang: Our Government Basically Does Not Care About Protecting Private Property" (任志强:我们的政府根本就不想保护私有财产). Some excerpts:
GDP is falling. Why is it some are some investments moving abroad? Besides us, are others also investing abroad? So what are the reasons underlying falling private investment? Perhaps the main reasons are that the government has no credibility, violates its contracts, and appropriates private property. 
In addition, the government puts excessive emphasis on the gun and the knife and opposes Western value systems. The winds of the Cultural Revolution are picking up again. Furthermore, when it comes protecting private property, they talk about rule of law, when in fact the rule of law they emphasize is the power of government. 
GDP不下降。为什么这一部分投到外面去了呢?除了我们以外,是不是还有别的部分也投到外面去了?所以民间投资下降的背后原因是什么?原因可能是政府没有信誉,违约和占用了民间资产的比例很大。
另外是政府过度强调了枪杆子和刀把子,反对西方的价值观,文革之风又起来了。还有就是对于私有产权的保护,说是法治,但是实际上在强调了法治的时候是政府强势。
These screenshots show that the article was deleted from the websites of Phoenix and China Economic Net.



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