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340 60 Concentrate Our Efforts on Winning the Trust of the People through Several Measures1 July 22, 1989 To win the trust of the people by doing good things, we must have a plan and implement it step by step. Don’t go attacking in all directions, and don’t try to punch with both fists at one time. If our efforts are merely disruptive and unnerve the people, it will be hard to do a good job. Each thing done is a job accomplished, so do it soundly. Measures to Win Public Trust We must first concentrate our efforts on cracking down on major cases of corruption and bribery. If we focus on this and do it properly, the effect will definitely be very good and there will be nothing to carp about afterward. Second, the people detest “official profiteering,” so we have to investigate signs of corruption at certain companies and shut down some of them. This must also be done one step at a time: first deal with those companies that have been corrupted, and make this known to the public. There’s profiteering in the circulation of goods: you mark up and I mark up, prices are increased dozens of times, and this does no good whatsoever for production. Identify who is doing this and shut down those companies, but we mustn’t ruin the production and circulation of goods in the process. This issue needs to be studied very carefully. As for consulting firms, industry associations, such-and-such academic societies—they have a lot of problems, but we won’t touch them for the time being. They can still play some positive roles right now, and their problems are of a different nature. Their issues should be addressed through policy 1. This is part of Zhu Rongji’s speech at a symposium with attendees at the first round of study sessions for key bureau-level Party and government leaders. The sessions were sponsored by the organization and publicity departments of the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee and its Party school for attendees to study documents from the Fourth Plenary Session of the 13th CPC Central Committee. Zhu_Shanghai Years_1987-1991_hc_9780815731399_i-xii_1-620.indd 340 12/26/17 12:01 PM Concentrate Our Efforts on Winning the Trust of the People through Several Measures 341 research—don’t be too anxious to solve them. The problem of holding a second position at a company applies mainly to retired cadres. We must also be careful about this: on the one hand, we must have a single policy, but we must also execute it stroke by stroke. Get a clear picture and act step by step. Improper tendencies within the Party and problems like using power for personal gain, including improper trends at companies, will also be dealt with at a later time. Some issues are easier to resolve after the entire social climate changes—it’s quite hard to resolve them now. We shouldn’t try to sweep away all undesirable phenomena overnight—we have to do it step by step. Take the crackdown on pornography, for example. We sent out so many people, yet within 48 hours everything was the same as before. For this sort of thing, we not only have to crack down frequently, but must also recognize that it isn’t something that can be eradicated all at once—we must wait until the social climate improves before we can wipe it out completely. An article in today’s Liberation Daily notes that over 1,000 people from our security and commercial departments took to the streets to stop unlicensed operations and to crack down on illegal trading. But another article under that one reports that the Bund has once again been taken over by unlicensed hawkers. However, we mustn’t make light of this—we have to do solid work and institutionalize everything. Participating in a cadre-training seminar at the Party School of the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee, July 22, 1989. On the left, Yan Jiadong, deputy head of the school; on the far right, Zhao Qizheng, member of the Standing Committee of the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee and director of its organization department. (Photograph by Guo Tianzhong) Zhu_Shanghai Years_1987-1991_hc_9780815731399_i-xii_1-620.indd 341 12/26/17 12:01 PM 342 Concentrate Our Efforts on Winning the Trust of the People through Several Measures At the same time, we must be aware of the enormous difficulty involved in this task and...


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