Equally, as a member of the WTO, China has made considerable progress in establishing systems of law and accountability. But these systems of accountability and governance are not just weak and underdeveloped: they are also hampered by the Party\’s overriding concern – to continue to monopolise power in a vertical, authoritarian system. To have real accountability, transparency and rule of law – of the kind that Gordon Brown, no doubt would like to do business with – requires independent institutions, a free press, a citizenry with rights and equal access to the law, all of which contain potential challenges to the Party\’s monopoly of power and the spoils that come with it.
Who is this Gordon Brown who will be doing business?
Aren\’t we a country with independent institutions, independent businesses, a free press, a citizenry with rights and equal access to the law, rather than a one party state with a monopoly of power and the economy and the spoils that come with it?