China Digital Times recently reported (Feb. 25, 2015):
Shortly after becoming General Secretary of the CCP in late 2012, Xi Jinping began promoting the “Chinese Dream,” a vaguely defined slogan to represent his leadership aspirations and the political ideology of his administration. Xi Jinping has now unveiled a list to be added to the cache of numbered catchphrases used by Party leaders to denote their political philosophies: the “Four Comprehensives.” T
1. Comprehensively archive (build/ construct and complete the construction) a moderately prosperous society
2. Comprehensively deepen reform
3. Comprehensively govern the nation according to law
4 Comprehensively strictly govern the Party
1. It represents the development trends of advanced productive forces.
2. It represents the orientations of an advanced culture.
3. It represents the fundamental interests of the overwhelming majority of the people of China.
Shan Gao notes:
Surely we cannot put archive in “Four Comprehensive” at the same level as the historical change in the 50s because without proper probe of large quantity of info this is merely speculation based on language. But the real meaning of archive in relation with comprehensive is highly relevant to our study. “Archive” suggests a new chapter of reform that require vigorous reforms to graduate China into the stage of moderate prosperous society. Such vigorous reform of course is a comprehensive one.
Number 3 and 4 with my highlight on comprehensive in fact explained what needs to be comprehensive reform. The number 2 is too vague that it became very difficult to prevent a sounding analysis fall into pure speculation. It maybe economy reform or it could also be ideology reform we don’t know. But number 3 and 4 is the key.
In the summer of 2013, we have a very peculiar time that Constitution and Constitutionalism became a controversy, and liberal discussion was overshadowed. The Four Comprehensive is not a case to conclude the controversy is end but it definitely indicate there is a strong and vigorous interest that consider efficient and legal governance must be installed for the sake of individual justice, for the benefits of business and trade, and for the vanguard party to lead Chinese “archive” prosperous society.