D.卡尔顿 罗西
D. Carlton Rossi

Ambassador Barton


                                Moral Capitalism


There has been much comment about the appointment of Dominic Barton to the post of ambassador to China. To put it into simple words, I might say that he represents the privileged 1%. I'm 99% sure of this statement. However, I don't jump to conclusions. There is a 1% chance that I may be wrong in this instance. He could surprise us.

I'd like to bring to his attention that a few days prior to his appointment, the Unirule Institute in China was permanently closed down. It is a liberal think-tank in the area of economics. Unirule was established in 1993 in the Haidian District of Beijing. In that very year I was teaching graduate students at the doctoral level in the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) at  (中关村) Zhongguancun or the technology hub of China in Haidian District.

Later, I met officials of Unirule on a rather regular basis at Langwushuang perhaps beginning in the year 2004. The common denominator was the Dawu Group which was run by SUN Dawu. Both Unirule and Dawu Group had overlapping interests, but a prominent one was that both supported the economic reforms and opening up implemented and engineered by DENG Xiaopeng. These reforms of what might be termed socialism with capitalist characteristics began a period of unprecedented economic growth.

Generally speaking, Barton wants to see capitalism revamped because of certain weaknesses and problems that have become manifest in it. What took place though in China was a revamping of socialism through capitalism. It took place over more than two decades.

However, the Xi leadership is ending that capitalist development which propelled China's economy and is resorting to a tried but not true state controlled economy through state-owned enterprises or SOE's and a state controlled bank. That's a top down economy which introduces many distortions. It also breeds corruption. Corruption engenders discontent and disquietude among the 99%--including myself.

On the other hand, SUN designed the Private Enterprise Constitutional System. It is an example of moral capitalism. It puts people first and is run bottom up. The workers decide what to do and when to do it. This model has been very successful at serving the people. It has spawned twenty-two enterprises and two joint-ventures. Profit levels are about 30%. The companies have virtually no debt which is almost unprecedented in China or in the West. It has established a model city for China or for that matter Canada based on a 100 year plan.

It seems to me that Ambassador Dominic Barton has a choice. There is no doubt that one should have been bullish on China up until 2015 as he has been. However, a state-controlled economy will not continue the growth and real growth is declining perhaps faster than official figures indicate. The economy is overburdened by debt.

If  however Ambassador Barton were to recognize the virtue of moral capitalism with socialist characteristics he might serve the interests of people or the 99% in both Canada and China. These countries and peoples would then have something in common.

It may be possible to establish joint-ventures between Dawu Group and Canadian companies. It would provide a template on how Canadian companies could also deal with other Chinese companies both in China and in Canada. The Sun system is based on mandatory voting and elections every two years.

By setting up a consulate at Langwuzhaung, Hebei you would demonstrate to Canadians that you put people ahead of profits. You would begin to silence your critics who rather vociferously advocate human liberties and civil rights. Really, Ambassador Barton, holding a retreat a short distance from a Uyghur closed-camp within might be termed an open “Many Belts and Many Rods” Program. That is not a misspell of mine but a misjudgement of yours.