Something to learn from the PRC
The stereotype, fed with a daily dosage of bacon and hamburgers would frown on everything Chinese or China. This ancient country has gone down the sewers for several centuries and were in the worst stage of decay with maggots all over and left to die. It died but like the proverbial phoenix, rose from the dust to become a strong and self reliant nation when the people are well fed, have jobs and are proud to be Chinese again. Like it or not, they are happily feeding 1.3b people and with excess to spare and with a national reserves exceeding US$2 trillion. Spit at them, curse them if you like, they did not come to this point in their history by being stupid and daft. And what they have achieved is no accident and no fluke. And the odds stacked against them by the western powers were enormous. They have overcome without relying on foreign talents. The recent change of leadership in China is something that the West hoped will fail, with bloodshed and all that jazz of fierce infighting, instability and China about to break up, rioting and martial law and everything bad that they could dream up. All hogwash from the western academics and high brow analysts and institutions of great fame. Hu Jintao relinquished his leadership to Xi Jinping unceremoniously without a hitch except for all the hue and cry and insinuations in the West. A new team of younger leaders have taken over the rein to run the country for another ten years. The Chinese leadership renewal system has been put in place since the era of Deng Xiaoping. There will be juggling for position of power but all within the rules of the system. Younger leaders are put up to replace their predecessors and no one is allowed to entrench his position for life. Two terms and off you go to make way for new blood. The quiet and unassuming Hu Jintao did one more feat this time. He even relinquished the powerful PLA position to his successor, Xi Jinping. This is unprecedented and a show of confidence and trust that the new man is not only good for the job but his complete trust in him. And it also sends a signal that he is not going to stick around to mess around and hang on to power. This is a clinically efficient, no nonsense and great leader China has ever produced. No great speeches like Obama, but cool and purposeful in what he is tasked to do, and delivered. In fact the few leaders since Deng were all very able and selfless leaders that saw the rise of China from strength to strength. It is time like this, when a country needs good, able and selfless leaders, they came to serve and leave when the time comes for them to leave, gracefully and with full honour and respect from the people. They left behind a vibrant economy for their successors to continue to bring the country to a higher level. Great leaders are difficult to come by. Great leaders need not look suave like actors from Hollywood. It is real substance that counts. Hu Jintao handed a China that is economically, military and strategically sound and well placed to a younger man to continue with the good work done by him and his predecessors. This is something that we can learn from China.