Corruption is a facet of government that can be found in many countries around the world regardless of the system of government from democratic to communist. In China in particular, corruption was a staple of government officials, and Mao Zedong, during the Cultural Revolution. And even today, corruption is a problem which both the people of China and their president, Xi Jinping, seek to eradicate..
My first source addresses this concern surrounding corruption in modern day China. It is a wordpress post from the Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption, which is connected to the University of Sussex. In this post author Dan Hough says that in recent years China has ranked very low in corruption indexes and he talks about Xi Jinping’s corruption initiative. My second source is a quote pulled from a book which is originally from the minutes of a talk of Mao’s. Mao says that, “When there is not enough to eat people starve to death. It is better to let half of the people die so that the other half can eat their fill” (Frank Dikötter 134). Mao Zedong largely ignored the plight of peasants and rural Chinese who were struggling and dying because of famine.
These two sources relate to each other because they highlight the fact that in the more than fifty years since Mao said this, corruption is still an issue which even the current president seeks to combat. Both of these sources highlight the fact that the government of China has had issues of corruption of various forms for more than 50 years. The issue these sources raised for me is that after surviving the incredibly strict and corrupt leadership of Mao Zedong, China and the Chinese people still have to deal with corrupt government today. This is a particular area of society in which the officials of modern China who are involved in corrupt practices did not learn from history and subsequently seek to change the future of China into a less corrupt one. This issue should be interesting to Americans and Minnesotans because our state and national governments still struggle with issues of corruption. I think that whether you come from Minnesota or China, it’s important to recognize the parallels between government practices past and present, particularly in regards to corruption.
Source 1 (Secondary):
Hough, Dan. “Golf, Gluttony and Adultery; the Curious World of Anti-corruption in China.” Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption. Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption, 27 Oct. 2015. Web. Apr. 2017.
Source 2 (Primary):
Dikotter, Frank. Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962. New York: Walker, 2010. Google Books. Web. Apr. 2017.