The Evolution of Xi Jinping's 'Four Comprehensives'

President Xi Jinping’s “Four Comprehensives,” praised lavishly by state-run media, shows how party messages are crafted with vagueness to give an aura of grandeur to the business of ruling.

In comments made in mid-December, Mr. Xi spelled out his four big priorities, and lately party media have acclaimed his “Four Comprehensives” as a profound doctrinal breakthrough. While visiting Jiangsu Province in eastern China, Mr. Xi said the country must:

Comprehensively build a moderately prosperous society,
Comprehensively deepen reform,
Comprehensively govern the country according to the law,
Comprehensively apply strictness in governing the party.

Since last week, People’s Daily and other party newspapers have acclaimed the Four Comprehensives as a visionary guide for China’s future. In implausibly well-worded comments online, citizens have declared their joy that, finally, they have the Four Comprehensives to show the way forward. Scholars have been recruited to laud Mr. Xi as the “designer of China’s road to being a great power,” completing a path set out by Marx and Mao Zedong.

Catching the breathlessly convoluted tone of the orchestrated torrent of praise demands a longer quote.

“This strategic layout incorporates profound strategic thinking,” said one of the many commentaries that have appeared in People’s Daily, in print and on its website. It added:

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Source: The New York Times (1551 Articles)
Written by Chris Buckley