Public participation for effective monitoring of the CCP

The following post by Xie Wen (谢文), an IT expert and former general manager for Yahoo! China, was deleted from Sina Weibo sometime before 8:16am Hong Kong time today, February 28, 2012. He Bing currently has just under 124,000 followers, according to numbers from Sina Weibo. [More on deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre].

Xie Wen’s post was made in response to a post from Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin (胡锡进) that was also deleted from Sina Weibo and is included in the Xie Wen re-post. Hu Xijin currently has 1.78 million followers on Weibo, according to numbers by Sina.

They can begin by not deleting [Weibo] posts. //@HuXijin: It’s because the leadership status of the Chinese Communist Party is not like that of political parties in the West that when it makes errors the impact on the country is also greater. Therefore, aside from scientific and democratic decision-making, oversight mechanisms for the CCP must be strong and effective, and should move steadily to widespread and substantive participation by the public. This sort of oversight can only be a process of innovating Chinese politics. It’s very tiring, yes. But exhaustion is the price of the development and prosperity of China.

The original Chinese-language post from Xie Wen, with the Hu Xijin post included, follows:

可以从不删贴开始。//@胡锡进: 正因为中共非同西方政党的领导地位,它犯错比西方政党犯错对国家的影响同样更大。因此除了决策的科学民主化,对中共的监督机制必须是强有力的,应逐渐加入民间广泛、实质的参与。这种监督只能是一次中国政治的创新过程。很累吧。累是诺大中国发展、繁荣而且不乱的代价。

NOTE: All posts to The Anti-Social List are listed as “permission denied” in the Sina Weibo API, which means they were deleted by Weibo managers, not by users themselves.

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