China, as an emerging power, is no exception in keenly following the Democratic and Republican tickets for the 2008 American presidential election. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) even sent Ma Hui, director for the Americas at the CCP Central Committee’s International Department, to observe the Democratic National Convention (DNC) at the invitation of the National Democratic Institute (NDI), marking the first time that the CCP participated in an American political party convention (Wen Wei Po, August 30).
You can’t make this stuff up.
I’m sure it was simply a cultural exchange, hoping that the Chinese Communist Party can take back to the mainland the message of ‘Change’ in hopes of a more open democratic system of Chinese governance.
“Visions of sugar plums, monks, a temple and money danced in their heads.”
UPDATE: As reader mantis alertly notes, fear not as both parties had the CCP as invited guests. (And I deserved his snarky retort fully. Nothing like involving the Chinese Communist Party in presidential party conventions to instill faith and confidence in either, whichever party you belong to.)
Ma Hui, director of the China Association for International Understanding (CAFIU), following his attendance and observation of the 2008 U.S. Democratic and Republican National Conventions, remarked on September 4th that “China is not the focus of this year’s U.S. presidential election.”
On the night of September 4th, McCain made the “grand finale show” by delivering a speech, accepting the Republican presidential nomination. However, in his 4,000-word speech, not a single word was uttered about China, nor anything on the trade deficit, nor the RMB exchange rate.
In late August at the Democratic National Convention, the Democratic Party’s key figures, including Obama himself, rarely mentioned China-focused topics in their speeches.
In Denver and St. Paul, both the Democrats and the Republicans displayed special caution when requested to comment on issues that involve China. Even their respective foreign policy advisers, when asked by a reporter (the writer herself) of their China policy, only offered a few words of comment.
Oh happy days. Just sayin’…