Nixie Lam says the CPC has a tradition of paying attention to field investigation and research
For two years in a row, Luo Huining, director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, has visited underprivileged residents in the city on National Day. Ever since Luo took over as director of the office, he has been keen to gather firsthand views of ordinary residents, particularly the disadvantaged, through community outreach activities, and then saying what needs to be done for this city.
During last year’s community visit, Luo visited an unemployed man at his tiny Sham Shui Po flat and asked his colleagues to help the man find a job, saying that “only if people have a job, can they have an income … and improve their lives,”. This year, Luo first visited some fishermen, workers in Cyberport and a community medical service provider before making his last stop at some caged homes in Mongkok.
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Paying attention to field investigation and research is a fine tradition and a key advantage of the Communist Party of China; it has been an important heirloom in the various historical periods from the War of Liberation (1946-49) to reform and opening-up.
Paying attention to field investigation and research is a fine tradition and a key advantage of the Communist Party of China; it has been an important heirloom in the various historical periods from the War of Liberation (1946-49) to reform and opening-up. President Xi Jinping talked about the importance of field investigation and research on numerous occasions, and put forward important theories such as “He who makes no investigation and study has no right to speak” and “Investigation and research are the basic skills of doing a good job”. In contrast with many Western political leaders who are fond of making empty promises, the Chinese leaders are inclined to take a scientific approach in tackling problems and challenges the nation or people face.
Looking into the COVID-19 experience, there’s a clear difference between China’s problem-solving approach and the “Yes Minister” approach which emphasizes “We will get better” but doesn’t find any concrete solutions. China’s achievement in controlling the pandemic is attributable to the scientific methodology which took the characteristics of the coronavirus into full consideration and tackled it with a multi-strategy approach.
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Luo revealed that officials and other staff at the Liaison Office will continue with the outreach campaign in the coming week to get closer to all sectors of Hong Kong society, collecting views and ideas from members of the grassroots communities. Luo’s community visit reminds us that solidarity is the key to our city achieving common prosperity. By walking into the community and listening to the people, we can more easily figure out the best way to cope with the many challenges we face. “The country is its people, and the people are the country”. We look forward to a more united and prosperous Hong Kong. Happy birthday China.
The author is member of the All-China Youth Federation.