People’s Daily advocates pragmatism and low profile for China’s leaders


Pragmatic and low profile is reported to be a precise description of the current top leaders in China. They have scored great achievements in high economic growth, further liberation of the economy, establishment of the rule of law and publicising the ideas of “putting the people first.,” according to the report.

Also in the Chinese Mencius democracy, and the pursuit of harmony to put an end of the previous prevailing practice of dividing people into classes and instigating some classes to cruelly persecute the other classes. However, they have kept a low profile. Hu Jintao looks so common that some people regard him as weak, but his swift action to bring down Bo Xilai has proved his daring and resolution.

China’s official newspaper, the People’s Daily, yesterday published a commentary stating that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) places emphasis on pragmatism and that a pragmatic is calm and dispassionate, and refrains from publicising his merits or achievements, keeping a low profile.

The commentary entitled “A Pragmatist Certainly Keeps a Low Profile” was written by Zheng Jian, Vice Director of the Theory Department of The People’s Daily. He says in the commentary that in an era of great transformation and development, a pragmatist is burdened with heavy work tasks without the leisure to set a posture or keep a high profile or the mood to “boast himself or play with empty words.”

“One must display oneself moderately instead of excessively”

The commentary points out, “how high the profile one keeps to a certain extent reflects how lofty one’s ideal is.” Some people are strong at showing off, are not ashamed of praising themselves, talk big to please others and fish for fame and reputation.

Others are accustomed to deception, describe their 30% success and 70% failure as 70% success and 30% failure by exaggeration, employ trickery, make false report  or exaggerate their achievements. Leading cadres need to restrain themselves and be willing to remain out of the limelight. Even if they display themselves, there is an issue of proper extent, which should be moderate instead of excessive.

The commentary concludes: distinguishing whether a person is pragmatic, we are required to “listen to what he says”, but much more is required, including “to observe what he does”. It is even enough to simply “observe what he does”. Only by so doing can we avoid making honest people suffer and disallow opportunists and those who curry favour with people in power for personal gains to be benefited.

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