Friday, October 19, 2018

Chinese have so much to learn from the Jews about soft power

Vice-president Wang Qishan’s visit to Israel is about more than increased trade and technological cooperation 

By Wang Xiangwei

SCMP - 20 Oct 2018 

Ever since President Xi Jinping bent China’s retirement rules and allowed 70-year-old Wang Qishan, one of his most trusted allies, to become the country’s vice-president in March, Wang’s role and influence in Xi’s administration has remained a subject of constant speculation among China observers.  Publicly, the traditional role of China’s vice-president is largely ceremonial, and the most public function is to receive visiting foreign dignitaries, as Wang has frequently done since his appointment.  Behind the scenes, however, he is widely believed to be one of the most important political figures in the country as he attends meetings of the Communist Party’s Politburo Standing Committee – the country’s highest decision-making body – as an ex officio member. This basically means he is involved in all the important decisions for the country. China’s detention of ex-Interpol chief highlights the arrogance of its anti-corruption investigators