The following hardline editorial ran on the front page of the March 5 edition of Beijing Daily, the official mouthpiece of the top Beijing CCP leadership. The editorial uses the hardline term “people with ulterior motives” (别有用心的人) to refer to unspecified enemies “inside and outside” China who have sought to sow chaos in the country on the heels of change in the Middle East.
The editorial clearly targets the recent so-called “Jasmine Revolution” calls made online for gatherings of citizens at specified locations in Beijing and other major Chinese cities.
“Conscientiously Preserving Social Harmony and Stability”
March 5, 2011
The annual “Two Meetings” have begun, and National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference delegates have arrived in Beijing from all over the country, their plan to work out the national development strategy for the “Twelfth Five-Year Plan” period. The Beijing capital has become a focus for the whole world.
Recently, our nation’s society and economy have had good development momentum, and the beautiful prospect of the great revitalization of the Chinese people is before us. Through the hard work of the “Eleventh Five-Year Plan” period, our national economy has leapt into second place in the world, and our comprehensive national strength has grown substantially. The people’s lives have seen clear improvement, and our international status and influence have experienced a clear rise.
Like the nation as a whole, our capital’s development has entered a new period in history. The face of our city changes by the day, and the people live and work in peace and contentment. But recently abnormal phenomena have occurred to which we must remain alert.
Since the end of last year, a number of countries in the Middle East and North Africa have experience continued tumult, their societies sliding into chaos, the personal safety of their people unassured, their lives facing deep difficulties. These upheavals have already created major disaster for the people of these countries. What we must take note of is that a number of people with ulterior motives (别有用心的人) have attempt to direct this chaos toward China. They have used the Internet to incite illegal assemblies, seeking to create disturbances and whip up “street politics.” The masses are fiercely displeased with this, and the performances of a few can only become a clamorous play put on for themselves. Some foreign media have called it “performance art.” These few who mistakenly believe that they can manufacture Middle Eastern style stories in China can only ultimately fail.
Through more than 30 years of reform, under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, and the efforts and striving of all of our ethnic peoples, our country’s politics have been stable, our economy has developed, the Party’s beneficial policies toward the people have lodged in their hearts, we have had unity, and all of these receive the wholehearted support of the masses . . .