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Your letters: China’s progress

  • The Jakarta Post

| Tue, February 12 2013 | 10:02 am

China is likely to become the biggest economy in the world by 2017, overtaking the United States as an economic power, a report of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) has said. China’s gross domestic product measured on a purchasing power parity (PPP) basis would almost reach US$20 billion, exceeding that of the United States.

In 2030, the three largest economies in terms of PPP are expected to be China with US$30.6 billion; the US, with $23.4 trillion dollars; and India, with $13.7 trillion dollars.

China’s progress is the result of a long struggle, perseverance and strong government. Their progress has been the fastest in the history of civilization. The Chinese people have been motivated to work hard because of the pressure to survive.

Conversely, Indonesia has long been spoiled with abundant natural resources and fertile soil.

Now conditions have changed, and people have to start thinking about a change to make progress.

While learning from the successful is a must, Indonesia does not have to replicate Chinese policies exactly because of its society and culture, as well Indonesia’s different political systems.

For Indonesia to move forward, stability must be a concern. A tenacious attitude, diligence and fostering nationalist attitudes for the future are some things that China has done that we should emulate.

In the 1990s, China’s corruption was even worse than Indonesia’s. At that time, there was a senior Chinese leader, Zhu Rongji, who said: “Give me 100 coffins: 99 for the corrupt that plan I catch and a coffin for me, after I am arrested for corruption.”

The culture of corruption will not be eradicated overnight. However, measures to prevent the continued existence of corruption should be strictly enforced.

Figures such as Zhu Rongji are needed in Indonesia. However, with firm law enforcement, such a figure could appear in the government of Indonesia in the future.

Teguh Pujonugroho
Madiun, East Java


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